Signs You May Have Mold in Your Home

Did you know that 50% of the households in the United States have mold issues? It can be hard to identify- sometimes it’s in highly visible areas, but other times it’s subtle. Below are three tips to help you identify if your home has mold.

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Mold tends to have a few key scents that make it identifiable. Those are: musty, earthy, damp, and stale. Mold tends to appear in damp areas, so if you notice your bathroom is smelling a bit…off… it’s time to call in the professionals.


If you see black or dark green spots on your ceilings or walls, it’s likely mold. The spots can range in size; sometimes, they are small clusters, and sometimes they grow to be large splotches. If you suspect mold but can’t see any, some hidden spots where mold may be is under leaky sinks and in closets.


Undetected, prolonged exposure to mold can cause a wide range of illnesses. For some, it may manifest as a cough or cold, while for others, it can trigger asthma. This isn’t meant to scare you! But if your family notices particularly persistent coughs or colds, it’s a good idea to get your home tested ASAP.

Of course, the best way to identify mold in your home is to have your home tested for mold. Here at Mountaineer Inspection Services, we thoroughly test your home for mold. We utilize swabs, tapes, and even air samples to make sure we can identify any mold in your home. We proudly provide the Bridgeport, WV area with all their comprehensive home inspection and inspection-related needs. From energy efficiency auditing to radon testing, we have you covered. To get started with your home inspection, call us at 304-709-3200.