Places for Mold to Hide
Mold can grow in any area that is wet, moist, or damp. Mold growth typically appears in drywall or basements, but it also grows in more secluded parts of the house. This makes it much more difficult to detect the mold and remove it from the property.
Mold grows near windows because they are often damp and mold needs moisture to grow. However, mold growth by windows is preventable by sealing your windows and wiping down the windowsills regularly. This eliminates much of the bacteria and moisture that mold requires to grow and thrive.
Your mold problem may become more serious if your window seals are broken or if your windows are old. In this case, the seals have deteriorated so much that condensation builds up, which creates a stable environment for mold to grow. You may still experience problems if your windows are new but contain certain materials that attract moisture. The best way to combat mold is to hire a professional to inspect your windows and give you advice.
Drywall or Wallpaper
Mold growth is common behind your home’s wallpaper or drywall and, unfortunately, this makes it difficult to find. Bulging, flaking, or bubbling in your wallpaper or wall paint indicates that moisture has built up behind it and mold is likely present.
However, you don’t need to rely solely on sight to detect mold. Pay attention to mold-like or musty smells coming from your walls and try to identify the location of the smell. If you discover a musty smell behind your walls, you will need a moisture inspection and professional mold removal.
Carpets and Upholstery
Drapes, furniture, and carpets attract mold spores because the fabric traps dirt and dust. Upholstery and carpet can also experience moisture when they get wet from a leak or spill. Thoroughly clean and dry the area if this occurs and repair any leaks. Be sure to vacuum regularly to minimize the risk of mold growth on your property.
Wet carpet and upholstery can make it more difficult to detect mold because the water gets absorbed quickly. You must use your sense of smell and a moisture inspection to know for sure.
Check your heating ducts and air conditioning units for mold or moisture that could lead to potential mold growth. Mold commonly grows in HVAC systems because they collect moisture, dirt, and dust from the air. It is important to regularly inspect your HVAC system to make sure the unit isn’t collecting excess moisture or leaking.
In order to keep the air circulating inside your house, be sure to run your air conditioning unit frequently during warm, humid weather. If you fail to do this, the humidity will encourage mold growth in the coils, ducts, and drain pans of the AC unit. If you discover a mold infestation in your central unit, you will need mold remediation services.
Chimneys are vulnerable to mold growth because they are exposed to moisture from snow and rain. Outside elements like organic debris, dirt, and leaves combined with moisture create a perfect environment for mold to grow. Crevices between chimney bricks collect water, dirt, and other debris, which creates a perfect blend of moisture and a food source for mold.
Cover the top of your chimney correctly in order to prevent mold from growing inside. Be sure to inspect and clean your chimney once a year, especially if it is frequently used.
Drip pans collect the moisture, leaks, and spills from your fridge and often go unnoticed because they’re located underneath the refrigerator. Thoroughly clean the drip pan and wipe down the inside of your refrigerator to decrease the risk of mold growth.
Professional mold removal services are always recommended, but if you want to attempt a homemade solution, mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Spray this solution on the drip pan and wipe it clean with white vinegar.
Washing machines are susceptible to mold growth because the gasket near the door harbors lint and is constantly wet. The door is typically closed, so the gasket is unable to dry out naturally. Clean your washing machine regularly and leave the door open when not in use to combat mold growth. If you discover mold, start a wash with hot water and chlorine bleach to kill it.
Mold is tricky because it can grow anywhere on your property and is difficult to discover in hidden places. However, there are certain places in your home that are more likely to harbor mold because of excess moisture and food sources. If you find mold on your property, contact a mold remediation professional to remove it quickly and safely.