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If you aren't actively watching mold creep through your home, it can be nearly impossible to tell that your home has a mold problem. Unfortunately, the longer the mold goes unnoticed, the more extensive the damage and the more expensive the mold remediation process will be. There are, however, a few subtle warning signs that mold may be brewing in your home before it ever becomes visible. Keep an eye out for these four early symptoms to catch mold before it can become entrenched in your house.
You Also Have an Ant Problem
If you have noticed large carpenter ants invading your home recently, they may be attracted to the same damp and rotting wood that also promotes the growth of mold. Rather than breaking out the traps immediately, it may be wise to follow the ants as they move through your home. Doing so may quickly point you to the location of the mold. Once you have fixed the issue and their pheromone trail is broken, the ants should leave your home naturally in search of food elsewhere.
You Get the Sniffles Frequently
Mold spores, particularly of the toxic varieties, can lead to chronic sinus irritation as they drift through the air in your home and are inhaled. Your body's immune system reacts immediately to the presence of mold, leaving you with symptoms similar to allergies or a head cold. If you never seem to get relief from coughing and sniffling, you should conduct a mold test in your home to check for floating spores.
Your Fruits Spoil Quickly
Mold spores affect more than just your sinuses, of course. If you leave fruits like apples, bananas or oranges out on your counter, you may notice them beginning to spoil more quickly than they should. This might not be the result of your grocery store selling bad produce, but rather of mold spores clinging to the fruits and beginning to grow. The higher the concentration of spores in the air, the faster your fruit will go bad.
Your Laundry No Longer Smells Fresh
If your clothing develops a musty odor when you leave it in the washer for just a few hours, it may be caused by elevated mold spore levels in the air. Under normal conditions, your clothes should only begin to smell musty if they are forgotten in the washer for more than a day. Any time period significantly less than that should prompt concern and a mold test. With any luck, you will discover the mold before it has spread too far, and your mold remediation process will be as quick and painless as possible. If you suspect that your home has mold but are not sure what to do next, call up your local mold remediation company like Atlantic Heating and Cooling to begin making plans today.