Mold is a severe issue, and it can be difficult to diagnose independently. You should call a professional immediately for an inspection at the first sign of mold in your home. A professional can come into your home, and once they understand the extent of the problem, can perform mold remediation services for you.
Musty, mildew odor
If you smell mold, there likely is some in your home. Mold spores have a musty, mildew odor that can be detected even when they’re not visible. If you notice a strong smell coming from your basement or bathroom, that could be a sign of mold growth on the walls and ceiling–especially if it’s accompanied by discoloration or water damage.
Mold loves to grow in damp places such as basements and bathrooms because these areas are warm and humid year-round (molds need at least 50% relative humidity). In fact, mold can grow almost anywhere there is moisture present: under sinks; behind appliances; around leaky pipes; around window frames; behind baseboards/trim work–even on drywall surfaces!
Black or brown spots on walls or ceilings
If you notice black or brown spots on your walls or ceilings, it could mean that mold is growing in your home. Mold spores are microscopic and can spread through the air when water leaks onto them. If inhaled by humans, these spores can cause health problems, so it’s important to remove them from your home as soon as possible!
Mold can grow on almost any surface (even wood), so no room in your house is safe from this threat.
Water damage to ceilings and walls
Water damage to ceilings and walls is one of the most common signs of mold in a home. Water damage can be caused by a leaky roof, broken pipe, or burst water heater. If you notice any of these problems in your home, it’s important that you take action immediately before the problem gets worse over time.
Water damage can lead to other issues within your house including:
Basement windows / Egress Windows
If you suspect mold in your home, another area to check is your windows. We can inspect your basement windows to see if they need repair. If they do, we will fix them for you!
One of the most common places for water damage is around windows because these areas are exposed to the elements outside of the building. They also tend to get more use than other parts of the structure–people opening and closing them frequently during the warmer months means that there’s more opportunity for leaks (and mold).
Dampness in the basement or crawl space
If you’re experiencing dampness in your basement or crawl space, it’s important to determine the cause of the problem so that you can fix it. Here are some common causes:
- Water leaks from plumbing fixtures, like furnaces and water heaters
- Condensation due to poor ventilation or moisture buildup caused by humidity in the air (for example, if you live in an area where there’s a lot of rain)
If you have one of these issues and want to prevent mold growth on surfaces like carpeting or furniture near where water is leaking out onto them, consider installing fans that will circulate air around those areas so they dry out faster. This can help prevent mold growth while also keeping other parts of your home comfortable during periods when temperatures drop below freezing outside!
If you notice mold in your home, call us for a free inspection.
If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to call us for a free inspection. A member of our team will come to your home and inspect it, providing solutions and answering any questions you may have.
- Black discoloration on walls or ceilings
- Moldy-smelling air and/or dust particles in the air
- Stains on furniture or carpeting
If you have noticed any signs of mold in your home, it’s important to call a professional right away. Mold can cause serious health problems and damage to your property, so it’s essential that you take action immediately. Our team at Basement Waterproofing Solutions will come out and inspect any potential mold in your home before recommending a solution that will work best for your needs.