Mold isn’t always obvious to spot—at least, not until it is too late in most cases. If you are seeing mold in the attic, basement, or on the walls of your home, odds are that there is more that you don’t see, and it has probably been there for a while.

You have to be aware that mold can cause severe problems, not just to your living area, but also to your health. You need to take an extra effort to determine whether your home is at risk of mold and if it is already infected by it.

Below are some of the effective ways on how to spot the mold growth.

You’ve Had Cold/Allergy or Asthma Issues Lately

Mold can cause cold-like symptoms (usually stuffy or runny nose) and can worsen breathing problems for those with asthma. This usually occurs when the mold growth is extensive, even if it is not visible. If you can’t figure out why you or someone in your home hasn’t been feeling one hundred percent, you may want to request a mold inspection.

Be Aware of the Smell

Another effective way in spotting the mold is through its smell. If you find your area smells slightly musty or you are sensing an earthy smell, there may just be mold growth in that particular area.

Identify What Mold Looks Like

Visible mold growth is an obvious indicator you have a problem—but is that small mark mold or something else? Sometimes misidentifying a small area as dirt or grim and not mold can lead to mold going undetected. It doesn’t help that there are many types of mold and visible traits vary. Some mold is a cluster of black spots while other types appear as white threads. Mold can come in many colors—black, grey, white, brownish,  or a grey-green color.

Hiding in Hard Reach or See Areas

Apart from being attentive to its appearance and smell, you also need to consider some areas that are hard to reach or see. Mold can grow behind your wallpaper or under layers of paint. You can spot mold that is growing here because it typically causes pinkish or yellowish staining.

Some mold can simply be treated by cleaning the area with a bleaching agent and drying up the moisture source. For more serious mold problems, it is recommended for you to contact Fortis Remediation to ensure that you will be provided with practical and dependable solutions.