SEE any mold!"
Half of the people who call AMI say those
very words. But not all mold problems are as
obvious as we would like them to be. In fact,
the most costly mold related repairs are caused
by mold that no one knew was there. Unnoticed, mold can
rapidly spread exponentially inside walls, under floors, above ceilings, and deep into heating and air
conditioning vents. By the time hidden mold is
detected, it can cause thousands of dollars in property damage
and pose significant health risks.
If you suspect you have a mold problem, don't
wait until you can visually see it. If you smell
musty odors or become aware that your property
has experienced a flood or plumbing leak in the
past, it is a good idea to have a professional
mold inspection performed. Prompt action can
mean the difference between a repair project
costing a few dollars or several thousands of dollars.
Below is an example of how hidden mold in a
bathroom can cause damage long before it becomes
visible. These pictures were taken on an actual
For information on how to prevent mold
More Than What
Meets the Eye
Eating, relaxing and sleeping in a home full of
allergy antagonists like mold, mildew and fungus
presents your body with additional challenges
which may lead to a worsening of your symptoms.
Over 50 molds are considered problematic,
including Stachybotrys, more commonly known as
Pulmonary hemosiderosis has been linked to toxic
mold exposure by the CDC. Mold can grow behind
walls and even dead molds can make you sick.
Mold can be found in homes, hospitals, schools
and office buildings, cars and airplanes and may
not be easily noticeable. All parts of the
country are affected by mold and areas where
moisture or heavy rain prevails, are more
susceptible to mold, mildew and fungal growth.
How To Spot Potential
Most of us already have two effective mold
detectors; our eyes and our nose. If a
blackish/grayish/greenish discoloration appears,
especially if the location is or was damp, it is
almost certainly mold. You may not know what
type it is or how extensive the problem may be,
but you know a mold problem exists and it won't
just go away by itself.
Even though mold may not be visually obvious,
there are other waning signs to help detect
mold. In addition to musty odors, if you find
yourself clearing your throat a lot or having
cold or flu-like symptoms, it may be due to high
mold levels. If you find yourself having
pet-like allergies but you don't have a pet, it
may be due to high mold levels. If you feel sick
in a particular location (such as home or work)
but not sick after you leave, it may be due to
high mold levels. Unexplained headaches, nausea,
burning eyes, nose and throat are also tell-tale
signs that high concentrations of mold is in
Early warning signs of mold are easily
overlooked by the public because of a general
lack of knowledge about the seriousness of the
problem. If you suspect you have a mold problem
but you're not sure, contact AMI. A mold
specialist will listen to your concerns and help
determine the likelihood that mold is a factor.
The main thing is to be pro-active. The most
dangerous mold is the mold you can't see. Long
before anyone knows it's there, hidden mold can
become a significant threat to your property and
persistent small trace of mold in the grout was
a symptom of a much larger mold behind tub &
paper and decorative stickers are favorites of
mold. If you see bubbles, dark stains or lifting
in wall paper, look closer.
and plaques on walls that back up to bathrooms
or exterior walls that get little or no exposure
to the sun provide a good environment
mold growth. Exterior walls absorb moisture from
sprinklers, rain and standing water causing high
moisture retention in wall cavities.
Is Hidden Mold at Home Making You Sick? -
ABC World News
Molds: The Hidden Danger -
Immuno Laboratories, Inc.
Hidden Mold - Susan Lillard-Roberts
Toxic Mold Found in San Diego -
Channel 10 News