You may not see it, but it’s probably there. Mold can be a sneaky thing. All it needs is moisture and the proper food source to grow, so it’s easy to see how there are places in your home you may not think to look where mold is probably lurking. Doing a routine inspection to check for mold will help prevent unwanted damage and protect your family from the health problems mold can cause.
- Condensation and dust build up around window seals create the perfect place for mold to grow. Wipe away excess moisture often, especially after rain or hot and humid days. Replace any damaged seals to prevent condensation. Clean windows often of dust and grime.
Under Sinks & Around Piping
- Look under sinks for signs of leaks including cracked or warped flooring. Check for condensation or corrosion up around pipes. Replace rubber pipes with steel-braided lines for added security.
- If there is a faucet leak check the washers and gaskets and replace them if necessary. If there is a continued problem, then the whole faucet may need to be replaced.
Behind Drywall & Wallpaper
- Leaks and burst pipes can lead to moisture hidden behind your walls and that means mold growth. Unfortunately, this type of damage is hard to spot and may spread considerably before it is discovered. Pay attention to any type of discoloration, swelling, or soft spots on walls. Find and fix leaks immediately.
- Mold under wallpaper is most often discovered when it is being removed or when there are sections peeling. Paper needs to be removed and replaced once contaminated. A professional should be called to do cleanup. Those with proper training will know how to properly clean the area and avoid further spreading of mold spores.
- These drip-pans collect food spills and excess moisture over time and often go forgotten. Cleaning these out at least once a year should keep mold growth to a minimum.
- Brick around chimneys can easily collect leaves and other dead debris over time along with taking in a good amount of water and snow. These conditions create the perfect spot for mold growth. Check chimney caps and flashing and replace them if necessary. Have your chimney maintained and cleaned every year to avoid possible safety hazards or damage.
Air Conditioners & Air Ducts
- Mold in your HVAC system could lead to big problems due to the possibility of spreading mold spores throughout the home. Check attics and basements often as these are the places where these types of problems may start. Be careful when removing vents or duct joints to avoid system contamination.
- If you’re A/C unit sits for a long-time mold spores can collect and then be spread once a unit is turned on. Running your A/C even 10 minutes a day can help keep air circulating and your home’s humidity levels where they should be.
- If you think you may have a mold issue in your HVAC system then you will want to take precautions. Do not run the HVAC system as it may spread mold further. Consult a professional and use the EPA guide to help you.
- Attics are typically dark and covered in dust and this creates the perfect environment for mold spores to live and thrive. If those spores come in contact with moisture from humidity or a leaky roof then you could have a big problem on your hands. Check attics periodically for mold and repair any leaks.
Carpeting & Pads
- Often you smell mold from carpets before you see it, and then it may be too late. Carpets are constantly in contact with moisture from spills, wet shoes, pet accidents, and condensation. On top of that, dirt builds up on the fibers creating even more risk of mold growth.
- Damages can best be avoided with weekly vacuuming and by cleaning up spills immediately. Have carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year.
- Regularly clean areas on machines around doors and rubber seals. These are spaces where excess moisture is easily forgotten and can quickly lead to mold growth.
- Washers and dryers should be cleaned regularly. Proper care and cleaning instructions can be found in your manufacturer’s manual or on their website.
It doesn’t take much for mold to get out of control. It likes to hang out in hidden areas around the home so you must be observant and quick to action to avoid further growth. Early detection and prevention are the best ways to protect your home against mold’s damaging effects. Take the proper steps and care today to keep your home mold-free.
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