Do you regularly inspect your home for mold? You should. One of the worst things about mold is that it is hidden. By the time most homeowners become aware of an infestation, it is already well-established. It therefore helps to perform a mold inspection of your home every so often to ensure that you’re not filling your lungs with toxic spores.
Most homeowners begin and end their mold inspection with the basement. The basement is one of the most common culprits for harboring mold as many basements are dark, cool and damp. They thus provide the perfect environment in which mold can thrive.
There are, however, other areas of the home that mold can thrive in. These include the following:
Bathrooms are damp and humid, especially if they are not well-ventilated. Leaks in plumbing can also increase the levels of moisture in the bathroom and provide the perfect environment for mold to grow.
Activities in the kitchen such as cooking result in the production of steam. This results in an increase in humidity levels in the kitchen and adjoining spaces of the home. The situation can be made even worse by the presence of leaking plumbing. Under the kitchen sink is a common place to find mold.
- Home appliances
Leaking home appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines can also be a site for mold infestations. You should also check appliances that have condensation on them such as air conditioners and furnaces.
Windows are a common site for mold growth, especially if the interior of your home is humid. Moisture that is found in the air usually condenses when it comes in touch with the cold surface of the window panes. The water collects on the window sill and provides the dampness the mold requires to grow.
Mold can also hide in your closet. Closets are dark spaces filled with organic material that mold can thrive on. You only need a humid home to begin to see signs of mold in your closet. Be careful to check boxes that are stacked on the floor or near the walls. These are often the first to fall victim to a mold infestation.
Be sure to carry out a mold inspection of your home on a regular basis. This will help you identify an infestation early and therefore reduce the cost of remediation.