How Can You Tell if Mold is Growing in Your Home?
Sometimes mold can be very sneaky.
Generally though, not including physical ailments, mold gives obvious warning signs in your home, to if and where it is growing.
Vicki Lankarge, in her book “What Every Home Owner Needs to Know About Mold & What to Do About It”, gives us 7 warning signs for mold contamination.
7 Warning Signs
- Sunken areas in baseboards or trim. These indentations appear when mold has consumed the wood behind the paint. The paint itself is often cracked and peeling.
- Separation of the baseboard from the wall or floor
- Whitish mats under carpet, linoleum, in cabinets, or even behind furniture.
- “Fruiting bodies,” or mushroomlike growths on rotten wood on the underside of flooring or a cabinet. Fruiting bodies are flat, up to a half-inch thick, and a pale olive, gray, brown, or black.
- Staining, swelling, or crumbling of plaster or sheetrock.
- Discoloration (blackish staining) around air conditioning vents.
- Vinelike branches from the soil to the foundation, framing, or underside of flooring. Vines are typically white, brown, or black and are called rhizomorphs. The fungus forms these vines that connect the soil to the wood.
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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team