Do you suspect that you might have mold in your new rental apartment? Mold is a health hazard that is difficult to detect and costly to remove. While not all types of mold are dangerous, it is advisable to remove any trace of mold in your apartment after you’ve discovered it. Early detection of mold symptoms is the best way to avoid the health hazard posed by mold in your apartment. Below are some of the signs and symptoms of mold in house.
1. Dark Coloured Mold Spots
Moisture-exposed and porous surfaces will have visible dark coloured spots. Inspect all moisture exposed surfaces including walls, ceilings, floors, fabrics, and carpets for mold. Focus on signs of mold in areas of your apartment that are poorly lit and damp as they provide the perfect environment for mold growth.
2. Musty Smells
When you have mold symptoms in your apartment, you will notice a pungent, mildew, musty odor. If there’s an odor in any area of your apartment, you should sniff around to find out if it’s caused by mold. Many times, you won’t be able to locate the source of the odor. You should check the more difficult to reach areas such as under carpets and carpet pads, inside the walls, behind drywall, behind wallpaper and curtains, and above the ceiling.
3. Other Tenants Have Allergy Symptoms
Are other tenants in the building showing signs and symptoms similar to hay-fever? These symptoms include sneezing, red eyes, runny nose, irritated skin, nose or throat, and shortness of breath. This could be signs of black mold in the apartment block. Black mold produces mycotoxins that cause health complications such as wheezing and coughing, asthma, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
4. Water Damage and Leaks
If the apartment has signs of water damage or leaks, then there is a chance you might have a mold problem. Mold spores require moisture to grow. Inspect the apartment for damp areas and look for signs where mold is likely to grow. Ensure the apartment has no sign of leaks or water damage to the walls and ceiling before moving in. As part of maintenance and care, make sure to have water leaks and damage that occur repaired as soon as possible. This will prevent the development of mold after you have moved in.
5. Heating and Cooling System
One last place to check before you move into the new apartment is the ductwork of the heating and cooling system. This is where mold spores are constantly being circulated. You will also find plenty of dust that provides nutrients to mold.
Should there be moisture is the ductwork as a result of condensation on the air conditioning coil or a defective humidifier, then there’s a high chance for mold growth. Make sure to check the ductwork, air conditioning coil and other areas in the heating and cooling system that might have moisture. If you’re not sure what to make of what you can see, take a dust sample and send it for testing to determine if there are signs of mold in the house or apartment.
Now that you’ve learned about the symptoms of mold in house, use them tips when shopping around for furnished apartments to avoid the health hazards brought about by mold.