- Musty odors
- Staining on walls, ceilings, etc.
- *Health effects, such irritation, headaches as well as respiratory or breathing issues
Yes, try to find the source of excess moisture and eliminate it (i.e. leaky plumbing, roof or foundation) and additionally keep moisture low (i.e. use a dehumidifier).
You should also disinfect the visual growth with a biocide/ disinfectant solution (i.e. 1 cup household bleach added to 10 cups of water) Bleach biocide is not recommended when you may be sensitive to bleach or surfaces are subject to lightening or discoloration (such as carpets, woodwork, etc.) You can also purchase a disinfectant at a local hardware, lumber or grocery store.
Use of protective equipment like vinyl/ latex gloves, a proper mask, and even goggles to manage contaminated areas and reduce exposure is recommended. Even opening windows, using clean furnace filters and getting outside the building will help prevent any ill effects.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a brief guide which is entitled "Mold, Moisture and Your Home". This can be accessed at the following site: