Having mold in your home is not only annoying; it can be straight out damaging to your home and your health. Mold in a home is not always visible; it can lurk behind walls, in crawlspaces, and inside of vents. Just because you can't see the mold doesn't lessen its impact at all.

#1: Constant Allergy Symptoms

It is natural to get allergy symptoms at certain times of the year. You may get allergy symptoms in the spring, for example, when there is lots of pollen in the air.

It is not natural to experience allergy symptoms throughout the year or constantly. If you feel like you are continually battling a runny nose, scratchy throat, and stuffy head, and you can't pinpoint a reason for those feelings, you may have a mold problem. Constant headaches that can't be attributed to another cause can also be a sign of a mold issue. Your health could be letting you know that mold is present in your home.

#2: Odd Odor

Your home should have a general neutral smell impacted by what you are doing in a particular room. For example, it is normal for your kitchen to smell like the food you recently cooked and for your bathroom to smell like the soap you just took a shower with.

However, an odd odor that is a slightly musty and damp smell is not typical. If you notice a persistent musty odor or a musty odor that seems to come and go, that odor could be caused by hidden mold. Don't ignore what your nose is telling you.

#3: Recent Water Leaks

If you know that you had a recent water leak, you should always follow up with a check for mold. Leaking water, such as a damaged pipe leaking water, or a shower fixture leaking water behind the shower structure, or a damaged water heater, can leave behind mold damage. For example, if you recently fixed a water leak with a shower, be sure to get your home tested to ensure that there isn't hidden damage to your home that you can't see.

#4: Signs of Water Damage

Another sign of mold in your home is signs of water damage. For example, if you have a water spot on your ceiling, you may have a roof leak and mold. Or, if you notice that the paint on the walls in your bathroom is bubbling up, you may have a hidden water leak and mold damage. If you have signs of water damage, there is a good chance that mold is lurking there as well.

If you experience any of the vital warning signs above that you could have mold in your home, you need to act right away. You will want to hire a mold inspection service to come to your home and complete a detailed mold inspection. The inspection will let you know if you have mold in your home, where it is located, what type of mold is present, and what your next action steps can be to address the mold.