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Pollen or Mold?

In Salt Lake City, the temperatures are finally beginning to warm up. With the snow gone in the valley, we are seeing the blooms of a beautiful spring. Along with the blooms comes a plume of allergy issues, or does your home have a problem with mold?

This is mold growing in insulation of a home.
This is mold growing in insulation of a home.
Mold grown on a suitcase in a closet.

Because Salt Lake City had a significant amount of snowfall, this year and temperatures are warming up. This is the perfect setting for a mold to begin growing. Mold does not look for houses that are not kept up, nor does it look for a perfectly clean home to invade. Mold will attack any space where it has a mixture of humidity and heat. However, you may not even know you have a mold problem until it has taken over your home.

Mold can create a host of health issues, which mimic other health problems. Some examples are:

  1. Sneezing
  2. Cough
  3. Postnasal Drip
  4. Runny Nose
  5. Shortness of Breath

Some signs that tell you if you have mold growing in your home are:

  1. Foggy looking windows. If you have double pane windows that you know are clean, but appear to be foggy on the inside, chances are, this is mold growing.
  2. Small patches of what looks like dirt. Because some patches of mold look like small specs of dirt, people may pass them off for something that needs to simply be wiped away.
  3. Water Leaks. Any time there has been any type of leaking water into your home, you are at risk for mold. Water and heat are the perfect combination for mold to grow.
  4. Ventilation. Mold can also creep into your house and invade your walls from the outside. Air ducts may have just enough heat and condensation for mold to grow. Look for signs around air inlets to your home.
  5. Smell. If you walk into your home and find that there is a “musty” smell, you may have mold in your home.

How can you be sure that you have a problem with mold? One of the ways is a simple and cost effective test. If you or someone who lives in your house feels better when away from your home, but symptoms return when back in the home, you may have mold.

You can also have a professional come out and assess your home for signs of mold as well. These people will assess your entire living quarters for signs of mold. Because they are professionals, they also know the best way to get rid of this disgusting growth. You can find a number of mold-removers in Salt Lake City by looking on the internet.

If you think you have a problem with mold growing in your home, but you are not sure, you can get a mold testing kit for your home. These kits cost between $10 and $115, depending on the type of kit, you would like and the additional analysis cost as well. These home test kits are simple to use and you should be able to find out within a few days if you have a mold problem or not.

In Salt Lake City, because we live in a dry, desert like climate, mold is rare. However, it does grown in the right situation and it could be making your family sick. So before you pass off an illness as just a spring time allergy, do some investigating to see if you have a larger problem on your hands.

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