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Don’t Let Mold and Mildew Turn Into an Even Bigger Problem

Black mold on corners in a home in the Green Bay, WI area.

Mold and mildew are unsightly, hazardous to your health, and a threat to your home’s structural integrity. Spores may be everywhere, but they only become a problem if they settle on damp surfaces with an adequate food supply, allowing them to grow into mold colonies. Recognizing the signs that you need professional mold removal is the first step toward ensuring a healthy, fresh-smelling, structurally sound environment. Here’s what to look out for.

  1. Visible mold: Although it seems obvious, visible mold growth clearly indicates a mold problem. It’s important to note that mold doesn’t always grow in plain sight. Because it likes dark, damp environments, it often hides behind walls, inside cabinets, and within small crevices. Take any mold sightings seriously.
  2. Musty odors: A persistent musty smell is a strong sign that mold or mildew is present, even if it’s not visible. This odor indicates lingering dampness where mold thrives. If you detect a musty smell, especially in areas prone to moisture, you can bet mold is lingering nearby.
  3. Increased allergy symptoms: Another sign of mold is the onset of respiratory problems among sensitive household residents and guests. If you notice an increase in sniffling, sneezing, or asthma attacks that seem to diminish when you leave home, it’s time to inspect for mold. Mold exposure can exacerbate respiratory conditions or even cause symptoms to develop for the first time.
  4. Discoloration and dust-like substances: Discolored surfaces and what appears to be dust (but isn’t) are telltale signs of mold. When mold spores clump together, they form dusty, sandy, or fuzzy clumps, which may be black, gray, brown, white, or other colors. Be vigilant about such environmental changes to aid with early mold detection.
  5. Water issues: Mold needs moisture to thrive. Standing water, a history of flooding, or even excessive humidity can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Pay special attention to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements, where plumbing leaks and poor ventilation may lead to high humidity and condensation. Similarly, water spots on ceilings or walls indicate a plumbing or roof leak, common precursors to mold growth. If your home has flooded in the past, mold could result if proper structural drying didn’t occur during the restoration efforts.

Professional mildew removal services are necessary if you observe any of the above signs. Mold remediation experts remove visible growth and help you address the source of the problem to prevent recurrence. In general, mold and mildew result from excess water, which may stem from a plumbing leak, condensation buildup, or flooding. That’s why mold remediation and basement waterproofing go hand-in-hand.

Everdry Waterproofing has over 40 years of experience and 80,000 jobs under our belt. Our team is accredited by several third-party inspection agencies, ensuring high standards of service. We provide effective mold and mildew control to restore a healthy, odor-free interior. If the problem stems from a damp basement, we’ll recommend effective waterproofing methods based on your home’s location and foundation type. Don’t let mold affect your health and property any longer—contact us to schedule a free inspection in the Greater Green Bay area.

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