At first glance, nearly every strain of mold looks the same, which makes identifying toxic and non-toxic mold in your home challenging.
Though mold, toxic or otherwise, rarely crosses your mind on a regular basis, there are several signs that can indicate its presence in your home. Mold can begin growing in as little as 1-2 days and is generally not easy to spot until it has spread or you start to experience related health issues.
Black mold produces mycotoxins and is the most common strain of toxic mold. If you are subject to prolonged exposure to this type of mold, it can lead to more serious health issues.
Mold is not always covered by insurance. It must be caused by something that is covered under your insurance policy so, before your rush to file an insurance claim, you should have your policy and coverages reviewed by a licensed public insurance adjuster.
3 Simple Signs to Identify Toxic & Non-Toxic Mold in Your Property
Here are several signs to help you determine if you have either type of mold in your home, and which type it may be. However, sometimes it is difficult to determine without the proper testing by a professional testing company.
#1: Something smells off
Something in your home smells quite musty and it is not the laundry basket. Unfortunately, this could be an indicator of either type of mold growth and may pose a health risk.
#2: It is growing plain as day
One of the more common ways people discover mold is when it becomes visible. Toxic mold typically grows in hidden, dark, and damp spaces, however, it can also grow in open areas like on your ceiling or walls. It may not be a toxic strain, but you should still proceed with and have it properly tested so you know what type of mold it is.
#3: You aren’t feeling so well lately
Toxic mold can lead to severe health problems, especially related to your respiratory system. Some symptoms of toxic mold exposure parallel common allergy symptoms, such as:
● Rashes, hives, and itching
● Shortness of breath
● Sinus congestion
● Memory loss
Toxic and non-toxic mold growth can both result in additional damages to your home and cause problems with your health. If you notice or suspect mold growth, it is important to have it professionally tested and remediated.
Contact Reliant Insurance Adjusters should you have any questions. We will help you every step of the way with your mold damage insurance claim.