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Mold or Bug Feces: Unique Problems in Your Home

Not sure what kind of damage you’re looking at in your home? Consider these differences between bug feces—or an infestation—and mold growth.

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You never want to deal with unwelcome guests in your home. Yet if you’re not careful, insects and mold alike can make their way indoors. Luckily, the professional contractors serving Columbia, SC, can help you contend with these guests by repairing any damage they may have left behind and making your home less attractive to them. 

The problem is often not whether you have a home invader but rather what kind of home invader you’re contending with. Bug feces and mold can look somewhat similar in the dark, so how can you go about telling them apart? 

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What Kinds of Bugs Can Get into Your Home? 

If you don’t make a point of checking up on your window and door seals or even your walls for cracks and holes, then all manner of insects can make their way into your home. There are some insects, however, that tend to do more damage once they’re indoors than others. Spiders, for example, are terrifying to deal with, but their impact on the structural integrity of your home is somewhat negligible (unless you live in Australia). 

Comparatively, several types of insects thrive when they can begin to tear apart your home. The insects you most want to be on the lookout for include: 

  • Camelback crickets 
  • Cockroaches 
  • Carpenter ants 
  • Termites 

What Does Bug Feces Look Like? 

Bug feces will vary in appearance depending on the bug that’s made its way into your home. In general, though, you can expect it to have a pebble-like texture. It will appear in specific parts of your home, usually dark corners and in concentrated clumps on your ceiling, walls, and floors. In the dark, however, it’s easy to mistake clumps of bug feces—especially if they’ve grown in size—for mold clusters. 

Unlike mold, however, bug feces are not fuzzy in appearance. The smell brought about by bug feces differs from that which comes with mold. Mold tends to leave behind a musty scent, whereas bug feces typically don’t have a smell humans can detect right away. 

What Can Bug Feces Do to Your Home? 

The question isn’t so much what bug feces can do to your home as it is what the bugs who generate the feces can do to your home. An infestation of insects, especially those listed previously, can tear apart your exposed structural supports in little to no time at all. Before you know it, you may be contending with bowing walls, damaged floors, and ruined insulation. To make matters worse, all these conditions can help any hydrostatic pressure building up outside of your home do more damage to your sensitive concrete. 

What Does Mold Look Like? 

Mold is a beast in and of itself. Like bug feces, it can appear in your home in many forms. More often than not, it clusters in the parts of your basement or crawl space that are dampest and darkest, festering until it can spread out. 

There are a few different types of molds, which can make mold in general difficult to identify. These include allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic molds. These categories of molds can have differing impacts on the overall health of your family and home, but they’re all dangerous in the long term. 

The good news is that even though there are three different general categories of molds that can grow in your home, they tend to share similar traits. These include: 

  • Fluffy or furry in appearance 
  • Colorful; most basement or crawl space molds are green and black, but they can also be pink, yellow, or other colors. 
  • Clustered together; mold tends not to separate from its primary cluster unless it’s been growing for a long stretch of time. 

Without professional experience, you may notice something strange growing in your basement or crawl space but not be able to tell an expert precisely what you think it is. In these situations, it’s best to leave the classification of your mold to the professionals, or to at least reach out to said professionals to have the whole of your home inspected for damage. 

What Can Mold Do to Your Home? 

As mentioned, mold can have a two-fold impact on your home: It can compromise your family’s health while also devaluing the whole of your property. Your family can start to develop allergies and related respiratory problems if mold grows unchecked in your home. Selling a home with a mold problem or mold-related damage can be difficult, as you’ll need to disclose the damage in question in your market listing. Homes with bowing walls, bouncy floors, and similar damage can lose up to 30 percent of their market value if that damage isn’t repaired before the final sale. 

When Should You Contact a Professional? 

Have unusual growths or piles begun to pop up in your home? Does your crawl space or basement smell strange? If you’re not sure what kind of damage you’re looking at, you may be contending with either a bug infestation or new mold growths. The good news is that the professional contractors serving Columbia, SC, can help you address both concerns. 

While contractors cannot remove the bugs or mold from your home, they can recommend area contractors for you to reach out to. Once the bugs and mold are out of the way, you can sit down for a repair consultation, after which you can look over a free repairs quote

Don’t let a strange problem in your home keep you from enjoying your space. Get in touch with the professionals at Mount Valley Foundation Services and let them help you take back your home. 

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