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Mold in the home threatens the health of the inhabitants and the integrity of your home. When serious storms come through, there is a risk of flooding, making mold more likely to grow. Whether you have encountered a flood or other water issues, pay attention to these signs of mold.

Hidden Mold in the Home After a Flood

Many homeowners don’t realize that mold can grow in hidden areas of the home after a flood. Even if you have pulled back the carpeting and dried the area with fans, water can become trapped behind drywall. This is why it is especially important to be aware of the signs of mold.

How Can You Tell if You Have Mold?

The first suspicion that your home has a mold problem may come from an unpleasant, musty smell. Members of your family may be suffering from headaches, sinus problems, and allergies that improve only when they leave home. Mold often triggers respiratory illnesses and infections. Dark spots on surfaces around your home are also signs of mold. Mold appears in streaks, spots, splotches, and varies in color. Peeling paint or wallpaper can also point to mold growing behind drywall.

Find the Cause for Mold in the Home

Determine how the moisture intrusion started. Treating for mold in the home won’t solve the problem unless the source of the moisture is eliminated. A one-time flood from a storm is an obvious cause. A pipe dripping behind a wall is not. You might be able to find and solve these issues on your own, but professional home inspectors are trained and experienced in finding the sources of problems.

Act Quickly

The longer you wait to take action, the worse the situation will become. Mold thrives in walls, under carpeting, in bathrooms, and in any other dark or damp area. A simple issue that goes unaddressed can require professional mold remediation. The health of your family may be compromised until the issue is resolved.

OBX Home Inspections serves the NC Outer Banks with home inspections. Contact us if you have concerns about your home.