7 Places Mold Hides In Your Home!
Mold needs three key ingredients to grow:
- A food source which includes high cellulose content materials such as paper and wood. Other sources of food include drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt.
- The ideal temperature of 5 degrees to 38 degrees which provides ideal growing conditions for mold.
- Most importantly, water and moisture is the essential ingredient required by mold to grow which can be provided by leaking pipes, roofs and ceiling, sewer backups, floods, and condensation
The core problem with mold is that it will keep growing until it is removed. This is a concern because, on average, we spend 90% of our time indoors which can cause health issues for many plus structural issues for the property if the mold is not contained and removed.
Where Should I Look For Mold?
One of the first signs that you have a mold problem will be a “musty” or “mildewy” odor. The next step is to determine where the smell is coming from. The seven areas listed below are some of the most common areas in a home where you will find mold. Other visual clues to look for during your investigation of these areas include: buckled floorboards, discolored carpet, new water stains on the ceiling or wall, and/or actual visual growth such as black specs.
Bathrooms and Kitchens
The most common area where you will find mold is under the sinks because of leaks.
Another potential source of leaks are your refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machines. Check behind and under the appliances for mold.
If you notice water stains on the ceilings, then your roof could be leaking which will cause mold if the leak is not repaired.
If you have condensation in the home, you will likely find mold on the window sills and around the windows.
If there is high humidity in your home, then check your basement and other areas of the home for mold.
Leaky pipes, high humidity, and other sources of moisture can result in hidden mold in your closets. If there are boxes in the closet, move them and check the walls and floor for mold.
Moisture in your crawl space will cause mold to grow.
What Should I Do If I Find Mold?
Two key facts to take into consideration if you think you have mold.
Mold Spreads By Releasing Spores
If you find mold, DO NOT disturb the material. Even if you have an isolated area of mold growth, disturbing the area could potentially worsen the mold problem because the spores will become airborne and seek out other areas in the home to grow. In short, your primary objective is to contain the area where mold is growing and prevent it from spreading.
Some Molds Are Toxic
Another key concern is determining what type of mold is growing. Some molds, like Aspergillus and Stachybotrys, are toxic and can cause many health issues. Molds also produce myctoxins which studies have shown can depress the immune system, leading to many illnesses.
If you discover mold in your home or business, just remember that some molds can be toxic and that it is best not to disturb the mold which could inadvertently release spores in the air and create even more problems.
If you have a mold problem, contact us for piece of mind.
If you are unsure if you have mold, hire a professional to do a mold inspection who may recommend air quality tests to measure the spore count inside of the home. If you do have mold, first fix the source of moisture which is causing the mold, then have it removed.
— MSZ Restoration (@mszrestoration) December 6, 2015