Mold is virtually everywhere and can cause various health issues such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and asthma attacks. The only way you can avoid a mold problem in your home is by identifying areas where it grows and take the necessary steps to get rid of it. Mold likes to grow in areas that have poor ventilation and are frequently exposed to excessive moisture. Mold can thrive in a variety of places given the right temperature conditions, source of food, humidity, and moisture. This also includes spaces that are hidden from your view when cleaning your house every day. Below are five areas mold can hide in your home.
- Behind Wallpapers
It is quite difficult to check behind your wallpaper unless you regularly update your room’s décor. There is no doubt that wallpapers can enhance the look of a room to suit your preferences and individual lifestyle. However, they can hide mold for quite a long time if they were not sealed properly during installation. If your wallpaper is getting old or you notice that the edges are peeling, it is more likely to attract mold especially when it is located in the bathroom. The heavy moisture in the room creates a perfect environment for molds to grow. Use a high-quality adhesive paste and remove all air bubbles before applying your wallpaper. It is also a good idea to skip using wallpaper in rooms with constant moisture such as the kitchen and bathroom.
- Roof and Attic
You probably will not notice any signs of mold growth unless you check your roof or make frequent trips to the attic. Attics usually have little airflow and a lot of dust, which makes them poorly ventilated. Small leaks in the roof or plumbing can spark up mold problems. The space above a dropped ceiling is a magnet for dust and excessive moisture because ducts and pipes often run through this area making it susceptible to mold. Examine your roof and attic regularly for any signs of mold and leakages. Carrying out frequent checkups saves you from unnecessary repairs, as it prevents small problems from escalating.
- Inside Walls
Visible wall cracks, broken pipes, and leaks from outer walls can provide the required level of moisture for mold growth. Mold can easily go undetected for quite a long time until the damage becomes extensive. Since it is impossible to open your walls very often, you can watch out for any signs of discoloration on your walls. Musty odors also indicate the presence of mold that can cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing and itchy eyes. It is important to seal off any cracks on your walls and take necessary action in case you notice any discoloration.
- Under Window Sills
Windowsills are often exposed to moisture from condensation making them a prime area for mold growth. It is easy to neglect your windowsills when you are cleaning in a hurry because you only focus on the most common or visible areas of the room. The dirt and grime that accumulate in the grooves of your windowsills act as a source of food for mold spores. You can prevent mold from growing under your windowsills by wiping the windows when you see a lot of condensation. Cleaning your windowsills regularly, helps remove the mold’s food source.
- Under Carpets and Pads
Moisture from wet crawl spaces and concrete floors can easily make its way into your carpet and pads. Some people find out about mold when their carpet seems damp or starts to smell odd. As we have discussed before, dirt encourages mold growth. The easiest way to prevent mold growing under your carpets and pads is by keeping them clean regardless of the moisture level. Having your carpets periodically cleaned and vacuuming at least once a week inhibits the growth of molds.
All these areas in a home need to be monitored frequently to ensure a healthy environment. Mold can make people sick especially those suffering from asthma and have weakened immune systems. Moisture is the primary condition required by molds to grow. Practicing good hygiene and eliminating any sources of moisture prevents mold growth. Keep the moisture levels in your home low using a dehumidifier and ensure all curtains and fabric couches stay clean and dry. You can also hire a professional to clean your chimney, fireplace, roof, and attic to ensure they are free from mold. All these solutions can only be achieved if you know where to look for and the necessary actions to take to get rid of mold.