Mold is an unnecessary evil that exists in almost every home, and is one of the leading causes of illness. There’s probably not a single person in Colorado that hasn’t had to deal with mold this year, and that will continue without knowing how to be rid of it, or prevent it coming back. The areas in your home that are moist and dark are most susceptible to mold, and normal places like bathrooms and kitchens are regularly tended to by most people, but it’s the hidden mold that causes most issues.
Knowing exactly where to find it can create an issue within itself, so we’ve come up with a list of places to look in your home that you might not have expected mold to be living.
Window Sills and Sashes
It might not be the first place we’d be examining to be looking for mold on a weekly basis, but the truth is, your windows and sashes are one of the most vulnerable places in your home. Being that they are exposed frequently to moisture from condensation, dirt that gathers in the sills and around the sashes supply the perfect spot for mold spores to grow quickly.
Mold can grow behind wallpaper, especially if it’s been on there for a long time. It’s one of the most difficult places to check for mold, because the only way you can check is by peeling it off the wall, this one is definitely one for the professionals. If you have concerns about peeling wallpaper, this would be a good time to call someone for mold testing.
Refrigerator drip trays/seals
The pans used to collect condensation on refrigerators are out of sight and usually out of mind. These however, are another perfect breeding ground for mold. Check your fridge seals while you are at it, chances are there will be some growing there too.
Condensation is the reason for this mold playground. If your air conditioner has been sitting for a long time, its time you got it checked. Spores living in here will spreads throughout the home before you know it!
Front Load washer are perfect homes for mold. The gasket around the door is usually wet when it is running and doesn’t get the chance to dry out because you close the door when you’re not using it. Let the air in to allow it to dry out.
Rugs or carpets
Moisture from concrete floors can make its way into your carpet very easily. Also pets that occasionally have accidents on the carpet, will increase the likeliness mold will grow there.
Brick gaps collect liquid, grime, and other organic debris, and faulty flashing can allow rain or snow in, boosting mold growth.
When you stack dishes that are a little wet or still a little dirty, this gives mold a great setting to grow. If you are not going to use those dishes every day, pack them away dry.
Roof leaks combined with the dust that accumulates in your unused attic creates an environment that mold just loves. Keep your roof leaks in check, and give the attic a once over every year to prevent mold growth.
Because basements are located under ground level, and mold will thrives in damp or wet areas, your ground water can create issue. The basement, normally with limited airflow is probably the favorite place in your home for mold to grow. The better the airflow in your basement, the less chance you have that mold will grow.
Talk to a professional about getting mold testing performed in your home, to prevent future outbreaks, and it could save you a lot of money in repairs down the track.
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