Mold might play an essential role in nature by breaking down decaying organic matter, but it causes serious problems in the home. If you think you need mold testing in your Santa Monica home but are not certain, there are numerous signs to be aware of. Review them below to schedule timely testing services. 

Wall Stains You Cannot Clean

If there are wall stains you are having trouble removing, mold is the likely issue. Unlike dirt and grime that are relatively easy to remove, mold-related stains keep coming back despite cleaning efforts. While white vinegar is an effective mold killer and can remove surface stains, mold on your walls indicates a larger problem that needs addressing. A plumbing pipe or fixture leak is likely, or a roof leak. You’ll need repair services, in addition to mold testing and remediation, to prevent recurring issues. 

Unexplained Allergic Reactions

There are numerous reasons for allergic reactions within the home, such as large amounts of dust in the air ducts that keep circulating, pollen from open windows, and pet dander. If you and your family recently started experiencing allergic reactions you cannot explain, such as coughing, wheezing, sneezing, eye watering, and throat irritation, mold is the probable culprit. Once the infestation is identified and professionally cleaned up, your family’s symptoms will go away. Depending on the extent of the infestation and your symptoms, you might need to make temporary living arrangements, such as staying at a friend’s home or an AirBnB. 

Musty Odors

Perhaps you smell that familiar musty odor whenever you enter your basement, attic, crawlspace, or anywhere else where mold is present. This earthy odor calls for mold removal services in your Santa Monica home to prevent the detrimental fungi from spreading throughout your residence. Musty odors are often noticeable first, and frequently followed by visible mold sightings, such as mold on attic insulation or around ductwork. As the infestation worsens, so does the odor, so don’t hesitate to schedule an inspection. 

For mold removal and water damage restoration services in Santa Monica, please contact Mold Masters today. 

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