Your Beach House May Have Mold 

Beach houses provide a serene getaway. The wind in your hair, the sand between your toes, and the scent of the sea are all so good for your mind, body, and soul. But if you have a house on a lake, ocean, or somewhere in between, something might lurk inside—and it’s not so good for you.

What is it? Mold. About 50% of homes across the U.S. have mold, and the statistics get higher for beach houses. So, how do you know if your beach house has mold? And more importantly, what do you do about it?

Stop Beach House Mold in its Tracks

Before preventing mold from spreading, you must know what causes mold and how to identify it. Mold grows when there is excess moisture or humidity, which are conditions often found in beach houses due to their proximity to water bodies like oceans and lakes. Additionally, the frequent sea breezes can carry salt, which exacerbates the dampness in the air and surfaces, creating an ideal environment for mold to thrive.

To ensure that your beach house retreat remains healthy and mold-free, you need to be vigilant and recognize the signs of mold growth. Here are some ways to discover if mold has taken hold in your beach house.

Visual Signs: Check for visible signs of mold, which often appear as fuzzy or slimy patches that may be black, white, green, or orange.

Musty Smells: A persistent, earthy smell indicates hidden mold growth, even if it’s not immediately visible.

Water Damage: Look for water stains or discoloration on walls, ceilings, and floors, especially after leaks or flooding.

Condensation: Notice areas where condensation regularly accumulates, such as on windows, pipes, and walls. This can be a precursor to mold problems.

Health Symptoms: Be aware of allergic reactions or respiratory issues among family members that worsen while at the house, as these can be symptoms of mold exposure.

What to Do if Your Beach House Has Mold

If you discover mold in your beach house, the obvious next step is to do something about it. However, DIY mold removal and treatment is sometimes the best option. First, painting over mold does nothing at all to help the situation. So, know immediately that covering it up won’t solve the problem.

Further, scraping mold away or washing it with everyday household items can cause the mold to spread. Even worse, those spores can escape into the environment. You can breathe them in, creating severe health issues—watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, itching, difficulty breathing, wheezing, headache, and fatigue. And without treatment, these health issues can significantly worsen.

What do you do? You hire mold professionals.

Mold Removal in Cape Cod and the South Shore

If your beach house on the Cape or the South Shore has mold, don’t try to remove it alone. Our team is professionally trained in mold and remediation. That means we know not only how to remove mold but also how to lessen the risk that it will return. Contact us today.