Depending on the type of mold, it could be just as dangerous as a fire or even carbon monoxide. In some cases, there are telltale signs of mold, like the dark spots you might find in your bathroom along the grout. The problem arises when you can’t see the actual mold and don’t have any idea if it’s there. There are ways to tell if your apartment has mold, however; check out these potentially subtle signs.
Water Spots or Paint Peeling
Mold occurs when water gets trapped and has no way to disperse. If your apartment ceiling, walls, or even flooring has water spots, there was most likely leaking at one time or perhaps a broken pipe left water in your home. If you see a water spot, there is a real potential that mold has started to grow or has been growing for some time. Another sign of water damage and potential mold growth is paint peeling on a wall or ceiling. Feel the area to see if the wall is wet or tacky, then ask your landlord to get a contractor in to check for mold.
It’s possible that even if you aren’t allergic to mold you might experience some symptoms that go hand and hand with allergies. For example, if you feel stuffed up or have a runny nose frequently and you aren’t sick, there is the potential that mold is growing in your apartment. This is especially true if your symptoms are worse at home or if they disappear completely when you have left your home. It is possible that if you are allergic to mold, it could create a severe reaction and even cause breathing problems.
Headaches and Memory Issues
A couple of symptoms that might seem frightening to some are experience headaches and/or memory issues. If this is occurring, it’s possible that toxic mold is growing in your apartment. This type of mold can cause symptoms like dizziness, short attention span, memory loss, and trouble concentrating. If there is mold in your home, these symptoms will be worse at home than when outside of the building.
Mold can have the appearance of a dirty spot on the wall or ceiling. When you see it, you might mistake it for dirt or a stain. It doesn’t have to be black to be mold, as mold comes in different colors and sizes. If you see spots that appear to be dirt, even after you have cleaned your walls, for example, it might bear looking into more closely.
Contact a company like Colfax Corporation to have your home checked out.