Black mold is also often called toxic mold. This is because prolonged exposure to black mold in basement can cause a host or problems, from minor ones such as coughing, sore throats, and itchy eyes, to major respiratory infections or asthma.
For this reason, you want to remove black mold in basement as quickly as possible to protect yourself and your family from harm. But how can you tell if you have black mold? Here are a few signs to look out for when determining whether there is black mold in basement.
- Visible dark rings spots and growths
Visible dark rings and spots are often the first signs that there is mold in basement. These spots are typically black or dark brown. If you see fuzzy growth, green specks, or orange or white spots, this can also be a sign of mold that you want to have checked. If you notice these, you will want to remove them as soon as possible. If you cannot reach the spots, you will want to have a mold expert come in to remove the mold.
Dark spots are not always a sign of mold. They can be a sign of water damage. However, mold grows well in water, so you will want to repair any leaks quickly.
- Respiratory irritation
The early warning signs that your health is affected by mold include itchy skin, sneezing, coughing, headaches, and itchy eyes. If you are experiencing these symptoms and found no other cause, it could be because you have mold in your home. You will want to have your home checked for mold so it can be removed quickly.
- A musty, sour smell
Mold has a strong smell that is unpleasant. People have described it as musty, earthy, sour, and pungent. Even if you don’t see any mold, if you notice an odd smell in your home that fits this description, you will want to inspect the room that the smell seems to be coming from.
Even if you don’t notice any other signs of mold, it may still be present. The mold could be under the tiles, or behind the plastering or wallpaper. An expert mold inspector has the tools to help you find the mold.
Sometimes people become used to the smell in the homes, so you may not realize it is bad. Ask a friend to come to your home to help you determine if anything smells like mold.
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