Common Areas of Mold Growth
Do you suspect mold in your home? If you’ve recently experienced water damage or even minor flooding, you should be on the lookout for mold. Any situation that creates moisture, such as spills underneath the refrigerator, leaks under sinks, and damp basements will create the ideal environment for growth. Mold needs moisture and an organic substance called cellulose to grow. Cellulose can be found in almost any building material in your home, such as wood, carpeting, furniture, drywall and even your furniture. If you cannot see the mold, but you can smell an unpleasant, musty odor, it’s likely that there is mold hiding out of sight. Here are a few common places mold can grow:
The most common place that mold tends to grow is in the bathroom. With a shower, sink and a toilet, bathrooms have plenty of moisture and cellulose to feed mold spores. Luckily, there is some good news about bathroom mold removal! In general, we would advise you to reach out to professionals for mold remediation, however there are some cases where you can perform bathroom mold removal yourself. If the mold is only on the shower curtain, tile floors, bathtub surface, or the grout, it may not require the help of a professional. In those cases, bathroom mold removal can be accomplished using mold removal products.
A combination of leaky air conditioning systems and an aging roof can create a breeding ground for mold. In summer, hot air tends to come in through the attic. When that air meets the cooler air of your air conditioning system, it creates moisture. This moisture can create an optimal breeding ground for mold.
The Ventilation System
Another place you may find mold is around your ventilation system. On hot days, your vents fill with cool air and moisture condenses there. Many ventilation systems also pull air from outside the home, introducing mold spores into the ducts. Your vents can introduce mold into other areas of your home which may not have previously been infected.
Discovering mold in your home can often lead to feelings of guilt or shame. It’s important to remember that there is no one to blame for mold growth! Poor cleaning does not cause mold, however regular and thorough cleaning means you are likely to discover the presence of mold more quickly. We’ve been in the business of mold remediation for over 15 years, so we’ve seen it all. We’re dedicated to helping you understand the risks and hazards you’ll face as a result of mold, as well as the process of mold remediation. To learn more about mold, or to speak with an emergency response team, reach out today!