In case you missed it Charleston was just named the best city in North America and second best city in the entire world by Travel+Leisure magazine.
So what’s not to love about Charleston and the Lowcountry? Well, due to the temperature and humidity it’s also a hotbed for mold creation in homes. Here are 3 signs of mold you should watch out for and what could happen if you don’t get it remedied.
One of the first signs of mold is if you can occasionally smell a foul odor in parts of your home. Several forms of mold may not be visible because it can live inside walls, under carpet and behind wallpaper. This can cause you to believe that the smell originates elsewhere, but mold may be the cause in many circumstances.
Mold can grow in a variety of different colors, but most mold you’ll find in homes will be black, dark-grey, dark-green or even grey-green. Often mistaken for dirt, if you see small black/dark spots of appearing on walls, sometimes ceilings and air vents, this is very likely mold growth. Visible signs of mold growth can also mean you have a larger mold growth somewhere else in your home.
An indirect visible sign of mold that happens often in Charleston is if you notice your wood floors buckling or bowing. They may be subtle bends and gradual bowing, but this could be the start of a larger mold issue.
Do you find yourself feeling better if you are away from your home? When you are home, do you find yourself strangely fatigued with a headache and loss of concentration, muscle/joint pain, sinus pains or itchy rashes? If yes, then you may have a mold problem you don’t know about yet that is causing you to be ill.
As noted in a previous air quality post, indoor air quality can have major affects on your health with one of the leading causes being mold in your home. Symptoms may start small, but over time can lead to long term and more severe health issues.
So what’s to be done about this mold issue? Mold can grow almost anywhere given the proper conditions of having oxygen and moisture. For obvious reasons we can’t do much about oxygen, but we can stifle mold growth by preventing moisture in your home. Moisture can come from past flooding, water leaks from plumbing or your roof and especially high humidity areas of your home.
Keeping your air conditioning working properly is one way to keep the humidity down in your home. It’s not a cure-all, but it definitely goes a long way to keeping moisture at a minimum. Also, air conditioning drain lines should be kept clean and unclogged as well to prevent moisture from collecting in those unseen areas of your home.
Think you may have a mold problem in your home? Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review where your mold issues may be coming from and help you get rid of that mold once and for all.