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Mold in Your Home? Recognizing Signs and Taking Action

12/8/2023 (Permalink)

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Mold can be a silent intruder, quietly spreading and causing harm to your home and health. Recognizing the signs of mold growth is essential to protect your property and loved ones. In this blog post, SERVPRO® discusses how to identify signs of mold in your home and what steps to take if you suspect its presence.

Recognizing Signs of Mold:

1. Musty Odor:

  • One of the most common signs of mold is a musty, earthy smell in your home. If you notice a persistent, unexplained odor, it could indicate hidden mold growth.

2. Visible Mold Growth:

  • Mold often appears as fuzzy, discolored patches on walls, ceilings, or other surfaces. It can range in color from green and black to white and orange.

3. Discoloration and Stains:

  • Water stains or discoloration on walls, ceilings, or floors can be a sign of a moisture problem that may lead to mold growth.

4. Allergy Symptoms:

  • Mold spores can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals. If you or your family members experience unexplained allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, congestion, or skin rashes, mold may be the culprit.

5. Water Leaks or Damage:

  • Previous water leaks or damage, even if they were repaired, can create ideal conditions for mold growth. Inspect areas where water damage has occurred in the past.

6. High Humidity Levels:

  • Mold thrives in damp environments. If your home has consistently high humidity levels, it may be conducive to mold growth.

Steps to Take If You Suspect Mold:

1. Do Not Disturb the Mold:

  • Mold spores can become airborne when disturbed. Avoid touching or attempting to clean the mold without proper protective equipment.

2. Isolate the Area:

  • If you've identified a moldy area, seal it off to prevent the mold from spreading further. Close doors and cover vents if possible.

3. Contact SERVPRO:

  • Reach out to SERVPRO for professional mold inspection and remediation. Our experts have the knowledge and equipment to safely assess and address mold issues.

4. Stay Out of Contaminated Areas:

  • Until the mold is professionally removed, it's essential to avoid the affected area to minimize exposure to mold spores.

5. Address the Source:

  • Identify and address the source of moisture that contributed to the mold growth. Whether it's a leaky roof, plumbing issue, or high humidity, addressing the cause is crucial to preventing future mold problems.

6. Follow Professional Recommendations:

  • Rely on SERVPRO's expertise to guide you through the mold remediation process. Our technicians will develop a comprehensive plan to safely remove the mold and prevent its return.


Mold can be a hidden threat to your home and health. Recognizing the signs of mold and taking swift action when you suspect its presence are essential steps to protect your property and loved ones. If you suspect mold in your home, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO for professional mold inspection and remediation services. We're here to help you restore a clean and healthy living environment.

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