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How to Identify Mold in Your Home

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When the weather is humid and you're using your shower more frequently, it's possible you'll experience mold or mildew at some point. A few small patches here and there are normal, but it's important to take preventative measures to keep mold at bay and tackle spots the moment you see them. Exposure to spores can be irritating for some people, and you don't want the issue to get out of control. Here's how to identify the fungus in your home. 

"Some rooms in your home are more susceptible to mold."

Keep an Eye on Key Areas
There are several spots around your home that are more susceptible than others to mold and mildew growth. Your bathroom, laundry room and basement, for example, are all places that are usually full of moisture, and as a result, the perfect breeding ground for fungus growth. Be sure to keep an eye on these hot spots to make sure there's no visible mold, and always run your bathroom fan when bathing to cut back on the potential of growth. 

Scan Your Home Periodically
You'll want to keep an eye on certain areas of your home year round, but you should also make it a point to scan your entire house after bouts of rainfall to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary. If you notice peeling or cracked paint, rotted wood or other signs of water damage, there's a possibility that there could be mold growth as well. Contact a professional who can inspect your home if this is a concern of yours, or if you know you've had water leaks in the past.

Know What It Looks Like
Mold can vary in appearance, depending on the strand and where it's located in your home. Its color can range from white to green to black, and it can appear as a variety of odd colors if located on a wall that's painted a different hue. It can be fuzzy in texture and look like dots that vary in size and shape. If you notice this anywhere in your home - especially in the rooms of your house that are especially susceptible to fungus growth - there's a good chance that it's mold or mildew, and you should take the appropriate steps to remove it immediately.

If your allergies worsen in one room, it may be a sign of mold.If your allergies worsen in one room, it may be a sign of mold.

Don't Ignore Your Symptoms
The Centers for Disease Control noted that people can have different reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms can include coughing, sneezing, nasal irritation, depression and forgetfulness. If your allergies worsen when you step into a certain room, it could be that there's mold growing somewhere in there. Check your carpeting and walls to make sure that there's no visible growth. 

Use All Senses
Sometimes, you don't even need to see mold spores to know that they exist in your house. Mold and mildew often have a musky scent that is relatively easy to identify. If you've ever come across a washed towel that failed to make it to the dryer, or if you've discovered damp beach towels that were left in the trunk of your car for a few days, you're aware of the distinct smell of the fungus. Use your nose to guide you to the mold you're smelling in your home.

Get a Professional Opinion
If you're new to renting or owning a home, or if you just aren't familiar with mold, it can be difficult to know for sure if your home contains the fungus. In these cases, it's always best to get a professional opinion. Research mold and mildew experts in your area and look into getting help.