This five-part series on mold problems will alert you to things to be on the lookout for, whether you’re buying, selling, or simply wanting to live out your days in your home. This is information with the potential to impact health, wealth, and happiness.
Mold issues are on the rise, so instead of clicking away from here please power through this information for the sake of awareness of things that may be affecting your family’s health, wealth, and happiness. These are the type of things that you don’t want to remain unaware of and, unfortunately, some of them are easy to miss or dismiss.
One thing you won’t always notice is the various visuals that indicate the presence of mold. While some of them won’t surprise you, such as black spots on carpet and rotting wood, others are not so obvious and may surprise you.
Stains on Ceilings
- Water stains on ceilings are an indication of a problem above where you’re standing. No surprise there. If you’re standing in a finished basement, though, you may need to rip out an area of a finished ceiling to find the problem. Once in there, if there is fiberglass insulation that is not encapsulated, that is likely moldy along with the ceiling drywall. Be sure to check all wood, too.
- Soot stains on the ceiling may look like black mold, but they usually appear over lighting fixtures. Don’t act too hastily here. On the other hand, use caution in sampling and analyzing.
Painted Stairs in Unfinished Basements
If you’re in an unfinished basement, and the stairs have a fresh coat of paint, that is cause for concern. Basement water will leave a line on wooden stairs, and some in-the-know homeowners will paint over them to make selling their home easier.
Water Stains on Basement Walls
Do you see a series of lines either on unfinished walls or sheet rock indicating that water has been present? You’ll want to get more information on that. What happened and when? Where did the problem start, and how was it fixed? You’ll want to look behind sheet rock for the presence of mold in wood and insulation.
Mushrooms on Siding
This is a huge red flag on the exterior of a home that there is water damage on the inside. In addition, some materials used in home construction, such as chipboard, are terrific food sources for mold (e.g. wood chips and glue). You’ll want to look for the presence or absence of waterproof house wrap underneath the siding. There’s no way to tell whether there is a little or a lot of damage until you know more.
This is not an all-inclusive list but should raise your awareness of how carefully you need to look into things. Feel free to call us if you have questions.
In Part 1 of this series, we introduced the reasons why mold is a growing concern. In Part 2 of this series, we address symptoms that may mean mold is present. In Part 3, we discuss smells that you may notice. In Part 5, we wrap it all up with actions you can take to assess the best course of action for you and your loved ones.
Note to readers: The information contained in this series is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be construed as advice or any claim promising a particular outcome. You should perform your own independent analysis to verify the accuracy of any information provided in this article.