Mold is not something that people ever want in their home. It may cause allergic reactions, respiratory issues, along with the large amounts of damage that go hand in hand with mold. Mold thrives in dark, moist environments which means that oftentimes you can’t see it. If you have had any type of moisture issues with your home, it is likely that you either have mold or that it is on its way to somewhere that you can see it. There are some signs that let you know that mold is growing, and it is important to pay attention to them, however subtle they may be.
If your home recently suffered water damage, or you have moisture problems with your home, chances are you might have signs of mold. One of the biggest signs of this pesky little fungus is the smell. If you can smell mold in your home, but cannot see it, don’t take it as a sign that you don’t have an issue. It is very common to have mold growing in parts of your home that you cannot see. The most common places to look for mold are in your ceiling and A/C closet. These areas are the most prone to mold because they are more likely exposed to water damage because of the A/C unit. Please remember, although these are the most probable areas to receive mold in your home, mold can grow anywhere!
If you see mold growing somewhere, don’t take it lightly. Small amounts can grow in plain sight with large colonies growing where you cannot see them. Mold can be black, gray-brown, gray-green, or white in color, but if it is growing behind wallpaper, or something with color in it, it can be orange, pink, or purple. Also, if you see condensation on any surfaces that aren’t normal condensation surfaces, this could signal a water issue, leading to a mold problem.
When you go to put your shoes on in the morning, and you put your hand on the wall for balance, and it is damp, this could mean that you have a mold problem. Anywhere that there is moisture, mold can grow – that is why it is so important to always look for the signs of mold. So that leak that you had about a month ago that you fixed yourself? If there was any water that got behind the walls, or anything of the sort, you probably have some degree of a mold issue. The best thing you can do is seek professional help as to eliminate the problem completely.
Public adjusters can help you file an insurance claim for water damage. Mold and mildew are usually not covered by your insurance individually, but because they are caused by water related problems, a water damage insurance claim can may be filed for the cost or repairs, replacement, or remediation. Call a licensed public adjuster to learn your best course of action for your home.
Advocate Claims has been helping homeowners maximize their insurance claim settlements for over 10 years. Our licensed public adjusters can help you through the insurance claim process by offering the knowledge and experience to increase your settlement. Call Advocate Claims Public Adjusters today at 954-369-0573 or contact us online.