How to Know if Mold is in Your Walls, Part 2

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Mold often grows in places we can’t see. We can find it in mass in wall cavities after a water-loss in a home or office.  If left untreated, mold will continue to grow and eventually create a toxic indoor air quality.

We already talked about the signs of Moisture. Now we can talk about the actual visible signs of mold.

Visible Mold

In less severe cases, mold might not be super obvious to the naked eye. Inspect the walls and doublecheck for mold on the walls that have furniture directly in front of them as well as on the baseboards of the room. If you notice that the wall is rotting away, it probably has mold within it.

Mold can have different colors and textures. It can appear orange, pink or purple when it grows behind wallpaper. But keep an eye out for black, green, gray, white, or brown.

the water damage inside a wall is not mitigated, mold will start to appear at surface level. You also have to be aware of the discoloration of walls, even if they have been painted over. If

Musty Smell

A musty smell is a clear mark that mold could be growing somewhere in your home or office. Mold has an earthy smell to it, like the smell of rotting leaf piles in the fall or the smell of a decaying tree while you are hiking through a damp forest. If you don’t see the signs of mold that we have mentioned, but you can smell what we have described, you may have a concealed mold problem in your walls.

This might seem goofy, but it may help you figure out if you need a mold removal specialist to make a visit to your building—get on your hands and knees and smell the electrical outlets where you think there is an issue.  If mold really is growing, your outlets are an easy access point to what is behind your walls.

To safely figure out if or how much mold is in your walls, contact a mold removal company like Northwest Abatement Services. We use professional inspection techniques and specialized tools to determine the existence and extent of mold. For mold removal and water damage repair services, contact our office.