Where is Mold Hiding in Your Home?
Posted on April 21, 2015
Where is mold hiding in your home? You might be surprised. Check out our infographic for more information!
- Under the sink – even a small kitchen sink leak can turn into a huge problem. Identify and fix these leaks as soon as possible.
- The fridge – a water line running to an ice dispenser in the fridge can soon turn from a simple convenience into a mold problem. Be aware of this potential. A small leak here can go unnoticed for a long time.
- Dishwasher – even a well maintained dishwasher can spring a leak. If you notice any water on the floor while you are washing your dishes, check for a deeper problem.
The Laundry Room
- HVAC system – your HVAC unit requires water to function. When the drain pans of these systems aren’t set up correctly, water can drain down, seeping where it shouldn’t. With too much water overflowing, mold growth is inevitable.
- Ductwork – during the summer, the air supply in your home will have a high moisture level. If your ductwork has a leak, air and moisture can escape, causing mold growth in areas that are not designed to resist. Ensure your air flow rates are within the design range to prevent this mold growth.
- Ceiling tiles – because of how porous they are, ceiling tiles can easily absorb moisture. When they are in areas near HVAC vents, this will almost certainly lead to mold if not properly managed. In addition to this, leaking pipes above these tiles will cause mold damage.
The Living Room and Bedroom
- Carpet – carpet throughout your home comes in contact with dirt, spills, food, water, mud, and more. When not properly cleaned and dried, your carpet can become a breeding ground for mold. Even worse, this mold growth can go quite some time without being identified.
- Electrical equipment – it may be surprising to some to realize that mold can grow around fixtures and cables in your home. Look deeper at the wall surrounding electrical switches. These gaps if too large can lead to moisture infiltration.
- Windows – mold can be found around the edges of the window whether it is wood, metal, or vinyl framed. When condensation forms, particularly in the colder months, it can lead to mold growth.
- The Toilet – mold can easily grow around the toilet. The moisture might not even necessarily be coming from the toilet itself but steam from the shower.
- The Shower – steam from the shower can cause mold not only in the shower or tub, but along the walls, ceiling, and other parts of the bathroom. Always shower with the bathroom fan on to prevent mold from growing.
- Towels – not allowing your towels to dry properly can lead to mold damage. After you shower, hang these up to dry. Wash them often as well, keeping them clean.
- Mold in the attic is especially common in homes that haven’t been well ventilated or have a leak in the roof. Because most people don’t spend much time in their attic, this problem can grow for months or even years before it’s noticed.
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