4 Signs Your House Might Have Mold Damage

Posted on November 11th, 2016 by

No one wants to find out they have mold in their home. However, it’s best to learn of its existence early on so you can nip the problem in the bud before it has the chance to spread. The flooring and design experts at CMA Flooring discuss 4 of the telltale signs you have mold damage in your home.

1. Discolorations

Mold isn’t always simple to detect by sight. A speck on the wall doesn’t necessarily indicate mold. However, because mold comes in various colors, any strange discoloration on your wall, ceilings, or floors deserves your full attention. Look for the common mold colors, which include black, green, brown, yellow, and white.

2. Funky Smells

Mold has a foul, damp odor. Finding the location of mold based on its smell can be challenging, but typically the odor will be stronger in the room where the mold is present. Never ignore strange smells because there is a good chance mold is the culprit.

3. Moisture

The mold’s location is likely to contain moisture. Wet areas often appear due to plumbing problems underneath the kitchen, garage, laundry room, and bathroom sink. Bathrooms can be a breeding ground for mold due to the presence of water in the toilet, tub, and shower. Kitchens have a similar problem. Mold can come from the icemaker, washer and dryer, condensation, and water beneath the floor as well. It’s more likely the mold will be coming from inside the walls rather than the surface. Some mold damage comes from hidden burst pipes, and it’s likely the damage is far worse inside the walls if it’s showing up on the surface. Warped wood, bubbling and cracked paint, peeling wallpaper, and holes in the ceiling are signs you might have mold damage.

4. Allergic Reactions

Uncontrollable sneezing, asthma, and watery eyes are three of the most common symptoms that occur when people inhale mold. Coughing, a runny nose, itchy skin, and a sore throat may also be related to mold exposure. Homeowners who are not allergic to anything will notice something’s amiss when symptoms such as these start to develop. If you do have allergies, try to determine if the symptoms are worsening. One way to tell is if they go away when you leave the house. Also, take note if multiple people have the same symptoms when inside your home.

If you’re concerned about the possibility of mold developing beneath your floors, especially in the rooms of your home that are exposed to moisture, consider installing a different type of flooring that is more resistant to mold. At CMA Flooring, we carry many different styles of the tile, vinyl, and laminate flooring Carrollton, TX, residents often choose for their homes. Stop by our showroom or give us a call today at 972-418-6606 for a free quote.