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Mold is a serious problem, and Tampa, Florida, homeowners are well aware of it. The naturally warm, humid climate lends itself to mold growth in any area that is the least bit accommodating. A leak or serious water damage is an obvious indicator of the threat. However, you could still have mold in your home even if you can’t see the growth and aren’t aware of a moisture problem. Watch for these less obvious indicators to keep your family safe.

Musty Smells

Too often, people associate a general musty odor with an older home or basement area without thinking about why the space smells that way. Your basement or house shouldn’t smell musty, regardless of age. The odor is often the result of mold hiding in the drywall, insulation, or air ducts.

Thoroughly inspect your home to pinpoint the cause of these smells. Have your HVAC system inspected and your ducts cleaned. Mold usually hides in areas with a lot of moisture, such as the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room, so those are good places to start searching. You should also look in areas without direct sunlight or air circulation like closets or other storage areas.

Unexplained Health Symptoms

Many molds cause unpleasant allergy symptoms or other health problems. If you’re suffering from these and can’t find another cause, a hidden mold infestation may be the problem. Common signs of mold include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Skin irritation
  • Asthma flare-ups
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nose bleeds
  • Eye irritation
  • Persistent cough
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Ongoing wheezing

If you’re experiencing these discomforts, talk to a health care professional as soon as possible. Some infections associated with mold exposure are potentially fatal. Your doctor can diagnose your troubles and determine whether mold is the most likely cause.

If you’re concerned about mold in your home, seek professional inspection and remediation services right away. Pinpoint your problem and get it cleaned up immediately with help from ServiceMaster 24 Hour. Give us a call at 813-603-2001.

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