The Most Common Locations for Household Mold
Mold needs several factors to grow. Mold spores combined with moisture, heat, and lack of ventilation create the ideal environment for mold to flourish. These elements can come together in many different locations in your home. If you are aware of the areas mold commonly grows, you can take measures to prevent it. This is where to look.
Bathroom. Bathrooms create the perfect environment for mold growth. Moisture, heat, and poor ventilation can easily result in a mold problem. Always make sure to turn on your exhaust fan so the room is able to properly dry out.
Laundry Room. Damp laundry, potential washer leaks, and the heat of the dryer could ignite mold growth in your laundry room. It’s important to clean up and repair any leaks as soon as possible, and don’t leave damp clothing lying around for extended periods of time.
Basement. Basements are notorious for being contaminated with mold. Flooding from outside and leaking pipes can easily create moisture. Since ventilation is typically non-existent in the basement, moisture in often unable to dry out. It’s a good idea to check your basement regularly for leaks.
Kitchen. Appliances in your kitchen can unknowingly leak, leaving water sitting for long periods of time and giving mold the opportunity to grow. It’s important to regularly check the areas around your appliances to ensure they aren’t leaking. Similarly, check the pipe under your sink to make sure there’s no water leaking out.
Attic. If your roof has any leaks, there’s a good chance your attic has mold. The moisture combined with heat makes for an ideal environment for mold to grow. Since your attic ic most likely comprised of wood, mold left untreated can eventually cause wood rot. Make sure to be aware of any potential roof problems, and have them taken care of as soon as possible.
If you believe you have mold damage in your home, call us. We’ll locate the source of the mold and make a plan to remove it and prevent it from coming back.