Is Mold Hiding In Your Home? Learn How To Find It
As winter draws to an end, flowers will unfold, bushes will blossom, and tree spores will spew pollen throughout the Triangle area. Spring is the season for tissues and Benadryl. If you and your children are sniffling and sneezing, it can be difficult to determine whether the irritating allergens are from outdoors, or from within your home.
Mold may lead to symptoms like other allergens; however, its presence may lead to more serious health issues. Is mold hiding in your home? In this article, we will discuss a few of mold’s favorite hiding places.
Where Does Mold Typically Develop in a Home?
Mold can develop anywhere moisture is present. Wherever you typically expect moisture to accumulate, you can expect mold to grow and thrive:
- Basements and crawlspaces.
- Bathtubs, toilets, plumbing appliances
- Underneath sinks and around pipes
- On ceilings and walls in bathrooms with poor airflow
- Attics around holes in roofing
- Outside in and around gutters
Where Does Mold Hide in a Home?
Mold typically develops in areas of in the dark hidden areas of your home; however, you may also find it hiding in plain sight. Though you should continue to regularly inspect those areas mold is most common, it is important to check these places as well:
- Windows and Windows Sills: Condensation and indoor humidity contribute to the development of mold around windows, window sashes, and on window sills.
- Kitchen Appliances: Moisture accumulates around dish racks, dishwashers, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Make sure to dry any excess moisture immediately, or mold can begin to grow.
- Washing Machines and Water Heaters: Even if there are no apparent leaks, humidity can lead to the development of mold underneath or behind washing machines and water heaters. The gasket in the door of most front-loading washing machines is particularly susceptible to mold development.
- Air Conditioners Systems and Ductwork: Moisture from leaking coolant lines, humidity, and poor drainage can lead to mold in your HVAC unit. If moisture finds its way into your ducts, mold can develop and spread allergens throughout your home.
- Old Water Damage: If damage from plumbing leaks and flooding is not properly is not repaired properly, leftover moisture may lead to mold development.
How do you Remove and Prevent Mold?
The key to mold remediation and prevention is to correct the source of the moisture. If you see mold, or suspect it is present in your home, it is important to contact a mold remediation company who both properly and thoroughly remove it, and identify and correct the source of the moisture.
Attempting to clean and remove mold can be dangerous. If you do see mold, contact a professional like Remtech. We have decades of experience identifying and removing mold, as well as helping homeowners correct the source of its development. For more information, contact us today.