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Mold Awareness: Recognizing Signs and Taking Action with SERVPRO

12/1/2023 (Permalink)

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Mold is a common and potentially hazardous issue that can affect both homes and workplaces. Recognizing the signs of mold and knowing how to take appropriate action is crucial for the health and safety of occupants. In this blog post, SERVPRO will guide you through recognizing signs of mold in your environment and the steps you should take to address it effectively.

Signs of Mold in Your Home or Workplace:

  1. Visible Mold Growth:

    • The most obvious sign of mold is the presence of visible mold growth on surfaces. Mold can appear as black, green, brown, or white spots or patches on walls, ceilings, or other surfaces.
  2. Musty Odor:

    • A musty, earthy smell is often associated with mold. If you notice a persistent, unpleasant odor, it could be an indication of hidden mold growth.
  3. Water Intrusion History:

    • If your home or workplace has experienced water damage or flooding in the past, it increases the likelihood of mold growth. Mold thrives in damp environments.
  4. Allergic Reactions:

    • Mold can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals. Symptoms may include sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion, skin rashes, or irritated eyes.
  5. Health Symptoms:

    • Prolonged exposure to mold can lead to more severe health problems, such as respiratory issues, headaches, fatigue, and even fungal infections.

Steps to Take if You Suspect Mold:

  1. Safety First:

    • Ensure your safety and the safety of others by avoiding direct contact with mold and using appropriate protective gear.
  2. Isolate the Area:

    • If possible, isolate the area with mold growth to prevent its spread to other parts of your home or workplace.
  3. Do Not Disturb:

    • Do not disturb the mold by trying to clean it yourself. This can release mold spores into the air, exacerbating the problem.
  4. Contact SERVPRO:

    • The best course of action is to contact SERVPRO for professional mold inspection and remediation. Our experienced technicians will assess the extent of the mold issue and develop a comprehensive plan for removal and cleanup.
  5. Address the Underlying Issue:

    • Identify and address the source of moisture that is promoting mold growth. Without eliminating the moisture source, mold is likely to return.
  6. Avoid DIY Remediation:

    • Mold remediation requires specialized equipment, expertise, and adherence to strict safety protocols. Attempting to remove mold on your own can pose risks to your health and may not effectively eliminate the problem.


Mold is a serious issue that requires prompt and professional attention. Recognizing the signs of mold and taking immediate action is essential to protect the health and safety of occupants. SERVPRO is your trusted partner in mold inspection and remediation. If you suspect mold in your home or workplace, contact us for expert assistance. We are dedicated to restoring a clean and healthy environment, ensuring the well-being of you and your loved ones. Don't hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO when mold is a concern – your safety is our top priority.

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