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Using Your Five Sense To See If You Might Have A Mold Problem

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There are a ton of different reasons why people think they might have a mold issue, and some are better indicators than others. In order to get a firm grasp on whether or not you might have uncontrolled mold growth in your home or office, the best tools you can use are the ones you were born with. Here's how to use your own five senses to assess the presence and severity of a mold problem at a glance.

Smell

One of the most common first signs of a mold issue is a musty or mildewy smell, so if you experience one of these, it might be a sign of the presence of mold. To see if it's a building issue, remove any clothes or furniture from an area that you might think has mold, and then reassess. That will tell you if the mold is in your building or in your clothes or another source that can be removed. A sure sign of mold is the presence of a smell similar to old clothing or a forgotten wet towel in the absence of either of these things, which would indicate that the smell is coming from your building. 

Touch

It's common knowledge that mold grows in places with high moisture content, like a wall that's been waterlogged after a flood, for example. If you experience a wet spot in your carpet, walls, or anywhere in your home that's consistently wet, you have the potential for mold to grow. The same goes for a perpetually cold spot, which could indicate hidden moisture. 

Hearing

Using your sense of hearing to assess for mold is a bit more difficult than touch or smell, but it can be done. The easiest auditory indicator of mold is a dripping sound indicative of a water leak, which can subsequently lead to a mold problem. Also, a squishy or sloppy sound when stepping on the floor or pushing against a wall can indicate excess moisture, and therefore a mold problem. 

Taste

Mold is commonly linked to illnesses of a number of varieties, including upper respiratory illnesses. A persistent phlegm-like taste in the mouth that's consistent with a cold or flu could indicate a larger mold issue and should be checked out if symptoms don't disappear after the normal duration of a common cold. 

Sight

Last but not least, using your sense of sight is perhaps the simplest way to track down mold in your home or office. Almost all molds are green, brown, or black in color, and form circles or networks of "branches" when growing on indoor surfaces. Another thing to note is that mold that is black isn't necessarily more toxic than other types of mold, but the term "black mold" is simply one used by the media to describe any sort of toxic mold, since it sounds so menacing. Noticing this means that it may be time for a professional mold inspection.

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8 March 2016