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Mold & Mildew Removal: What are the Signs That I Have Mold in My House?

BBB Mold and Mildew is an ever growing problem in houses across the country. No one is completely sure why, but in a number of states, especially those with humid summer climates, insurance claims for mold related damage has skyrocketed. The problem many homeowners encounter is by the time they discover the mold or mildew problem, it has progressed to the point that they will likely incur costly repairs for mold & mildew removal. If you suspect you may have mold growth in your house, it’s important to take action immediately.

Here are six signs to help determine if you might have a mold or mildew problem in your home:

  1. You are having respiratory problems or trouble breathing due to bad indoor air quality.
  2. The inside of the house is humid due to the climate outside or a humidifier that’s not operating correctly.
  3. You have a damp or wet basement due to leaks in the pipes or basement flooding.
  4. Your walls are discolored or the wood in your walls or floor is rotted.
  5. There are musty odors in the basement or some other part of the house.
  6. There is a leak in your ceiling.

If you have detected any of these problems, there is a good chance you have mold & mildew in your house. If this is the case, you can try to deal with the problem on your own, but very often it is a complicated process to get at the root of it and fix it entirely. With your physical health and your number one investment on the line, it’s best to get in touch with a mold & mildew removal specialist who can help you take care of the problem once and for all.

Mold and mildew are most commonly found in the basement of homes. So, it makes sense to deal with a mold & mildew specialist that also knows all other aspects of basement repair. A good mold removal specialist will typically come to your home for a free assessment to determine the extent of the damage and the best strategy for removing the mold from your house. The specialist will usually do a thorough investigation of all the rooms in the lower level and tell you up front what will need to be done and how much it will cost to get rid of the mold.

In some instances, the cost of the mold & mildew removal may be covered under a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. This is dependent upon a number of factors-the main one being whether the damage was caused by a one-time water incident like a burst pipe or by an ongoing problem such as seepage into walls from a leak in the ceiling that should have been fixed previously.

The thing to remember is that if you take action at the first sign of trouble and hire a trained professional to deal with the problem, you have a much better chance to be reimbursed by your insurance company for the mold & mildew removal costs. More importantly, you will be able to breathe fresher air and live a healthier life in your mold-free home.


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