Because of these dangers, you should always be on the lookout for mold in your home. Remember, it likes to grow in damp, dark areas.
Every so often, perform a quick mold inspection. Look in the cupboards under all your sinks to ensure there are no leaks. Keep an eye on the walls around windows that condensate. Some molds obviously look like mold, but other molds can look like a dirty surface. To test for mold dip a cotton swab in 16 parts water to 1 part bleach and touch it to the surface. If the spot quickly lightens, you can assume you’re dealing with mold.
Keep an eye out for leaks or moisture accumulation anywhere in your building. If you find a moist section, keep in mind that mold may not be visible, but where there is water, there is probably mold. If the infestation is severe enough, you may have to open up your walls to replace the insulation or other materials that have been taken over by mold.
An excellent way to detect unseen mold is to pay attention to how your home smells. Does it smelly musty when you come home and it has been closed up all day? If you notice an unusual odor, particularly if it starts getting stronger quickly, it’s time to go on a mold hunt.
Also, how do you feel? If you’re noticing skin and eye irritations, unexplained headaches, insomnia, nausea, or fatigue, you may be suffering the effects of having mold in your home.
Now that you know what to watch out for, what do you do if you find mold in your home? It depends on the severity of the infestation, of course.
If you think you caught it quickly, you may be able to clean it up yourself with a diluted bleach solution. If you try to clean mold, always wear protection, including a respirator. Disturbing the mold will release extra spores and that’s the last thing you need to be breathing.
If you think the problem is already beyond that point, it’s time to take some more serious mold remediation steps.