Mold is a fungi that can grow on any surface, specifically cellulose-based objects. According to recent studies, about half of all homes have unknown moisture problems. Both awareness and sanitation must be observed to prevent the spread of mold.

Check Out 5 Ways to Determine if Your Home Has Molds:

1. Search Around

Mold may appear in your home in various colors including gray, white, black or green. Black mold is the most dangerous type of mold and must be monitored closely.

Be sure to check for yellowing or furry looking growth on fabrics, sheetrock or any other item that could be exposed to moisture.

2. Try to Smell Mold Odors

If you smell some mold odors, start to search for mold asap! However, even if you don’t see mold this doesn’t mean it’s not in your home. Keep in mind that some fragrance-free molds are still toxic.

3. Has Your Basement Been Flooded?

Your house is probably filled with dangerous molds if you have recently suffered from a flooded basement. Look around your basement for extra mustiness. Be especially vigilant of water discolorations on walls and ceilings.

4. Window Mist

New England winters are typically characterized by rain and cold which leads to an excess in moisture on windows. The excess amount of humidity causes fungal growth which culminates in damp areas.

5. Hidden Molds

The most perilous molds are those that are hidden such as those in air conditioning units, ductwork or in hidden walls. While these types of mold are unseen, they typically leave a stale odor or give you the constant need to clear your throat.