Signs You May Have Mold in Your Home

Signs Mold May be in Your Home

A homeowner’s mind is always on property value. Most people will switch homes at least once or twice in their lifetime, so it’s important to keep your house ready for sale as much as possible. Make sure the roof is stable, keep the electricity and plumbing operational, and add a fresh coat of paint from time to time. However, there is one type of home maintenance that many owners know very little about other than the immense danger it can deal if left unchecked. We’re talking about mold (more specifics can be found at

When it isn’t dealt with quickly, a mold problem can quickly grow into a mold infestation, plummeting home value in the process. In this post, we’ll share several common signs that you might have mold in your house, so that you can catch the issue before it gets too big.


A musty smell is often the first sign of mold. Because it can grow in places that are out of sight (and thus, out of mind), the strong smell of mold can tip you off to a problem you might otherwise remain unaware of for months or years. 

A good practice is to at least twice a year spend several days away from home. Most people take vacations or weekend trips from time to time, so these can be an ideal time to conduct a mold smell test. Your sense of smell can get used to odors that creep in gradually, so when you return home after a few days away, take a few minutes to smell the air with a fresh nose.

Water Damage

Unchecked water flow is often the leading cause of mold growth. Pooling moisture combined with warm temperatures creates a breeding ground for festering fungi. For this reason, basements and attics (which are typically not insulated or climate controlled) are particularly susceptible to mold from water damage. Even finished basements aren’t immune to mold.

If you’ve recently discovered leaks in your roof or plumbing, or suffered from burst pipes, you need to be vigilant about drying the affected areas thoroughly and checking up on them periodically to make sure that no mold is creeping in. Insulation, wood, and drywall are particularly susceptible to mold growth from water damage.

Don’t Let Mold Destroy Your Property Value

Unmitigated mold damage can sink the resale value of your home and even present significant health risks, including skin irritation and lung damage. When it’s left to fester, mold can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Knowing the early signs of mold will help you keep on top of one of the most important aspects of home maintenance.

Trees That are Important to Know About in the Wild

Trees to Know About in the Wild

The following are some of the most useful trees to know about in the wild. They are easy to identify when in bloom from the shape of their leaves, but every survivalist should revisit them in the winter to recognize them by the bark.

All of these trees possess wood with practical uses year round if healthy, and their foliage can produce a number of unique solutions when in need. We will also note which components of the tree are edible. In the case of nuts or seeds it is recommended they are roasted first (assuming you’ve got what you need to make a fire in the wild!). To learn more about trees commonly found in residential areas, you can find more information at

White Pine

The sticky resins that coat the foliage and bark of the white pine tree has uses with fire. Scraping off resin and mixing pine needles with twigs will extend their life when used as tinder. Resin can make potent torches and candles. Lastly ground pieces of stump and resin-saturated bark makes high quality kindling.

Edibles include

  • the inner bark
  • pine cones contain pine nuts
  • a vitamin C rich tea is produced from steeped pine needles

Lastly a great use of pine needles are bedding, especially in the fall when the most needles have fallen, to protect against soggy or snowy ground.

American Linden

Also known as American basswood, is found frequently across the eastern United States countryside near streams and rivers. It is identified by the tongue-shaped leaf that protrudes from the bottom of its normal, heart-shaped foliage.

The American Linden is incredibly useful for constructing a make-do rope peeled from the fibers inside. A healthy American basswood rope has been used to hold lean-to materials together, tie tourniquets, thread a raft, and more.

Edibles include

  • In the spring the leaves are sweet
  • Inner bark when scraped off is also sweet

As an added bonus – the soft nature of the American Linden is great for carving.

Willow Tree

Identifiable by their narrow, oval shaped leaves with pointed ends, the willow tree has many varieties but they all need lots of water – meaning where there is willow, there is water. Willow is similar to basswood in that it has tensile strength in both its fibers and branches, which can be used as makeshift rope or weaved into baskets respectively. When a sapling, wood can be split into fourths to create small sharp spears, or gigs, for catching frogs or fish.

Edibles include

  • Salicon, a natural pain-killer, found in the bark and acts similarly to aspirin

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For now, we’ll just leave you with a quick tree planting guide for beginners!