Mold is an eukaryotic micro-organism that decomposes dead organic material, and it can find its way into your home. Once it is there, it can be a real hazard to yours and your family’s health. Clean-up can be easy depending on the location of the mold, but in order to be safe and complete, it is best to usually call in a certified restoration service that can take care of your mold issue.
Where are the prime spots for mold in my home? Mold has a tendency to commonly grow in five areas in your home. You can notice it by the growth which can be black, blue or green and gives off a mildew smell. If you notice any of these signs, assess the situation and call restoration immediately.
Mold can grow just about anywhere, but here are the top five areas:
Mold likes to be in an area of the home that is cool, damp and can have available moisture. Your basement fulfills all these requirements as condensation from a furnace/AC provides the necessary dampness, humidity and can be stagnant in terms of air flow. If your foundation has cracks, water can seep in and further raise the potential for mold growth. Standing water at anytime in the basement raises the potential for mold to grow.
Bathrooms and Showers:
Like the basement, bathrooms and showers are great locations for mold due to the presence of water and humidity. Due to the uses of the bathroom, it is hard to lower humidity levels, which leads to mold growth and a persistent mildew smell. Bathrooms are typically poorly ventilated so humidity will remain adding to the potential of mold.
The major issue with attics and mold stem from improper ventilation and issues with insulation. What can occur is that as moisture rises in the home, it becomes trapped in the attic and this becomes the perfect breeding ground for mold. Also, vents from the kitchen, bathroom, dryer and other home appliances continuously can force moist air into the attic with no way to release the moisture.
4. HVAC systems
If you have a furnace or air conditioning in your home, then chances are you have an HVAC system. These are great places for mold to begin in that they are intricate networks of ducts that are difficult to clean and can accumulate dead material like dust, hair which can feed mold growth. If there is mold in your HVAC, you will notice a musty smell when your furnace and AC is in use. HVAC systems can be tricky to clean, so if you suspect HVAC mold, don’t use the system and call an inspector to verify.
The kitchen offers a great place for mold to grow. You should check your appliances regularly as mold will grow under the sink, but it will also grow behind the refrigerator, particularly if yours leaks water. A great way to prevent any water leak is to make sure that your refrigerator is defrosted regularly. Other places to hide can include dishwashers, areas where dishes air dry, and windows into the kitchen that may leak.
Mold is present in every home, but it can be managed. If you keep these high risk areas clean and free of water and dead organic materials then you should be able to limit the ability of mold to grow in your home.
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