How Do I Tell If I Have A Mold Problem?
Investigate, don't test. The most practical way to find a mold
problem is by using your eyes to look for mold growth and by using your nose to locate the source of a suspicious
odor. If you see mold or if there is an earthy or musty smell, you should assume a mold problem exists. Other clues
are signs of excess moisture or the worsening of allergy-like
* Look for visible mold growth (may appear cottony, velvety, granular, or
leathery and have varied colors of white, gray, brown, black, yellow, green). Mold often appears as
discoloration, staining, or fuzzy growth on the surface of building
materials or furnishings. When mold is visible, testing is not
* Search areas with noticeable mold odors.
* Look for signs of excess moisture or water damage. Look for water leaks, standing water,
water stains, condensation problems. For example, do you see any watermarks or discoloration on walls, ceilings,
carpet, woodwork or other building materials?
* Search behind and underneath materials (carpet and pad, wallpaper, vinyl flooring, sink
cabinets), furniture, or stored items (especially things placed near outside walls or on cold floors). Sometimes
destructive techniques may be needed to inspect and clean enclosed spaces where mold and moisture are hidden; for
example, opening up a wall cavity.
Should I test for mold?
We do not recommend testing for mold yourself. Instead, you should simply assume there is a
problem whenever you see mold or smell mold odors. Testing should never take the place of visual inspection and it
should never use up resources that are needed to correct moisture problems and remove all visible
Sometimes, mold growth is hidden and difficult to locate. In such
cases, a combination of air (outdoor and indoor air samples) and bulk (material) samples may help determine the
extent of contamination and where cleaning is needed.
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