Signs Your House May Have Mold After A Storm In Florida
Here in Tampa Bay, storms can be intense and they bring can put stress on your home. Huge rains and strong winds can cause leaks and flooding inside and outside the house. Florida storms are known to cause problems for homeowners but most of all, they can contribute to mold growth. The problem is that homeowners are not aware of the damage until several weeks later when that musty smell starts to permeate the walls. If your house has a musty smell, chances are good you may have developed a problem with mold after a storm. A mold inspection may be necessary to before it causes structural damage, poor air quality and health problems.
What Are Signs Of Mold To Watch For?
Mold That Is Clearly Visible
If you see mold on your ceiling or walls, then you obviously have a mold issue. Contrary to the blue mold you see on old bread, the mold on a house will look black. While many household molds are black, the most common one found in homes is Stachybotrys Chartarum and it comes with a host of health problems if left unchecked.
If you see water stains on your walls or ceiling you likely have a mold issue in addition to a leak somewhere. Because mold is usually growing on the backsides of walls and under carpets, we usually can't see it. So, we don't really know how big a problem there is until a mold inspection is performed by a certified home inspection professional.
When Mold Is Present, It Has A Musty Smell
If your house has a musty odor but you don't see any mold, there is still a chance mold could be very present in the home. Mold not only stinks, but it can also contribute to lousy indoor air quality. A professional mold inspection by Solid Rock Inspections Group can help determine the source of the mold. The high temperatures during the Florida summers tend to accelerate the growth of mold. If you suspect you may have mold in the house, it may be best to perform a mold inspection now before it blossoms out of control next year.
Mold After A Storm Can Cause Health Problems And Bad Indoor Air Quality
Do you seem to be having a physical reaction in one part of the house? Do you have itchy eyes or a cough when in one room but not in another? If so, there may be a chance that section of the house has a mold problem. Below is a list of symptoms connected with mold exposure and poor indoor air quality. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms on a regular basis, we would invite you to schedule a mold test today.
Health Issues Related To Mold Exposure
- Itchy Eyes and Throat
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
Can Mold Damage My Home?
If a large storm or hurricane caused a leak from your roof, water may have trickled into your walls or even your foundation. When that happens, mold is likely to follow. A colony of mold can set in within 48 hours. Therefore, it is critical to test for mold after a large storm hits the area. If the structural damage is not repaired that let the leak appear in the first place, further damage and mold will occur the next time a storm comes through. In addition, mold can eat away at wood, flooring and sheetrock weakening the structure of the home and causing decay to take over.
For An Inspection For Mold After A Storm, Call The Professionals At Solid Rock Inspections Group
Be cautious of companies that perform both mold inspections and mold remediations. The services are a conflict of interest with each other. The experts at Solid Rock Home Inspections are certified mold inspection professionals. We do not perform mold remediation services. Should a mold infestation be discovered, we will supply you with experts we have vetted and recommend that you can contact to have the mold removed.
For the health and safety of the future home owners, Solid Rock Home Inspection always recommends mold testing at the time of your home inspection. However, if you have recently had water intrusion due to a storm or suspect that you may have mold after a storm, call Solid Rock Inspections at (727) 386-8627 for more information on mold testing or contact us through our website here.