Warning Signs Your House May Have Toxic Mold

September 5, 2017

There’s almost no homeowner who hasn’t faced this unpleasant surprise in their home. Apart from causing damage to walls, carpets, furniture and other items, mold can cause health problems such as asthma attacks and bronchial irritation. Mold can be under the carpet, in damp areas of the house, in the basement or even walls.

Sometimes it’s not easy to tell if you have mold in your house but there are ways to determine its existence. Find out about the common warning signs that may prompt you to seek Orange County mold inspection. They will help you decide whether to call in a mold professional to conduct an inspection and determine if you’re dealing with visible or hidden mold or mildew.

Musty odor

Mold has a poignant odor. This smell is often the first sign of mold growing somewhere in your home. When it’s confined to an area in the house, you may smell an unpleasant musty odor when you enter the area.

Keep in mind that just because you can’t always see mold, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Mold can live in the walls or behind wallpaper so you might not instantly be aware that the smell comes from mold. But if you’re constantly noticing the odor, the mold may be the culprit.

In this case, it would be wise to look for Orange County mold inspection and deal with the issue before it turns into a problem that could influence your health and your pocket.


Mold is a common allergen that can also aggravate chronic respiratory problems. Even a small amount of mold can trigger allergies. If you suffer from allergies and you notice that you start to feel better when you are away from home, it’s possible that there’s a hidden mold in your home. Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing while in the house include inflamed eyes, sneezing, a running nose and nasal congestion.

Water issues

If you’ve ever had water damage related issues in your home, there’s a big chance that mold has started to grow, most likely in the area where the water stayed the longest. Floods often cause mold to grow in unexpected places such as behind walls or underneath flooring, where it can go undetected for a long time.  Also, if you’ve been dealing with moisture, there’s a strong possibility that you have mold in your house.

Most water issues are the result of a water leak. Even if you don’t see any signs of water damage, if you have or had a leak problem, your house may have mold growing in a place where the leak emerged.

Visual indicators

It is easy to detect mold in your bathtub or shower stall. On the other hand, finding it in the basement or other rooms in the house may be hard work. Keep in mind that mold likes damp areas.

Look out for water stains or discolored walls, floors or ceilings. They are strong indicators that you have mold growing within or behind these materials. Also, if your walls are bowed, warped or bulging, if wallpaper or paint are cracking, peeling or bubbling, it is likely that moisture has penetrated the surface.

Need Orange County mold inspection?

If you suspect mold growing in your home, it’s best to seek Orange County mold inspection. These professionals will locate and test the mold in the house.  The mold inspector will take a sample of every mold he finds and take them to a lab for testing. If it’s a small problem, they may recommend that you clean it yourself and give further advice on removing it. In most cases, the best course of action is to have a mold professional remove it.

Emergency Home Solutions offers mold inspection, mold removal and remediation services to Orange County residents. Our expertise and vast experience make us a reliable ally when dealing with mold, water damage and any plumbing issues that may occur in your home. Call us today at (949) 916-0549!