Not only is mold unsightly, but it’s harmful to our health. While homeowners are typically adamant about ridding their houses of mold, many don’t know where to begin the hunt. Most know there are conditions ideal for mold growth, but not many know those environmental factors are present in certain areas of everyone’s home. In this blog, we’ll discuss the rooms in your home most likely to have mold problems and why.
Ideal conditions for mold – especially black mold – include warm, damp areas. Since the bathroom has multiple sources of water and is often kept warm by high water temperatures, it’s at high risk of mold growth. You should routinely inspect for mold around the toilet, between the tiles, and in the corners of the water most exposed to shower steam.
Attic and Basement
Attics and basements are known for their lack of ventilation and tendency to accumulate dust. This, combined with the musty air, create the perfect conditions for mold. This can especially be problematic if you have leaking pipes or holes in the foundation or roof that water can seep through. You should also check around your water heater where condensation can lead to mold growth.
Kitchen and Laundry Room
These two locations can harbor harmful black mold due to the number of water sources and appliances. Some of the most common culprits that promote hazardous mold growth are improper seals on the refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. If the seals are constantly wet, they can develop mold and attract fungus. You also want to regularly inspect the cabinets below the sink, as condensation and plumbing leaks can cause a severe mold problem. For small growths, you can use hydrogen peroxide or bleach to kill the mold; otherwise, you may require expert removal or remediation.
Library, Living Room, or Home Office
With many people working from home due to the pandemic, it’s critical one makes sure they’re not constantly breathing in spores in their home office. These areas tend to have a lot of books and notepads, which can contribute to mold growth due to the wood pulp present within the paper. Also, these rooms typically have potted plants which – if overwatered – can release hazardous bioaerosols.
These rooms, which are most likely to have mold, often have an environment suited for growth. Fortunately, there are methods you can employ yourself – such as dehumidifiers and routine maintenance – to protect your home. However, if you encounter severe growth beyond your control, you’ll need to enlist the help of a professional such as Fiber Control, Inc. To inquire about our mold or other hazardous material services, be sure to contact us today.