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Signs You May Have Mold Damage

Mold is a type of fungus that can grow anywhere in the right conditions. We’re all exposed to microscopic mold spores every day, but they’re usually only found in small amounts. There can be serious consequences when mold begins to grow out of control. Both the integrity of your home and the health of your family could be at risk.

The Conditions in Which Spores Can Thrive

Mold spores can thrive in warm, damp conditions. California is very dry, but it’s also quite hot, which can lead to mold infestation in wet conditions. Something as simple as a leaking pipe can put you at risk of a mold problem.

A Watchful Eye: Signs of Mold that Homeowners and Landlords Can Look For

1. Warping Walls or Floorboards

Water leaks and damage might not be evident at first, especially if you have a slow leak. One sign you can look for is warping. When water is affecting wallboards, wood, or other materials in the home, they may begin to warp and bend. If there’s enough water to cause warping, there’s also likely mold growth.

2. A Bad Odor

Mold releases a musty smell that can be quite unappealing. If the smell is strong, the problem is likely severe.

3. Allergies or Other Health Problems

There are different types of mold. Some varieties are worse for health than others. Many people are allergic to mold, so it’s wise to watch for signs that indicate an allergic reaction. Watery eyes, itching, a runny nose, rashes, and breathing problems can all be signs of a mold allergy.

If you suspect a mold problem in your building, it’s time to contact the experts at Burns Environmental Services for help. We’re proud to be a top resource for mold mitigation for folks in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, and Orange counties. Contact us now at (800) 577-4009 to schedule an assessment of your property.