Common Places to Find Mold Growth in the Home
Mold is a common substance that many homeowners dread finding around their homes. In fact, a study provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information has shown that 47% of homes in the U.S. experience mold problems. The conditions that allow mold to grow are high temperatures and high humidity. Areas that meet these conditions allow mold growth in your home.
The moment you spot mold growing in your home, the first thing you should do is call CLEAR Restoration at 225-245-3575, so they can remove the substance safely. In the meantime, here are some common areas in a home where mold is most likely to grow and ways to stop mold growth in your home.
Walls and Ceilings
Because we often do not spend a lot of time looking closely at our walls and ceilings, it can be easy to miss when mold starts growing in these hard-to-reach places. One of the most distinct signs of a mold infestation is if you walk into a room and either smell a musty aroma or spot condensation where it shouldn’t be.
If you have wallpaper, you should take special care. The main signs of mold being present behind wallpaper include if the wallpaper starts peeling off the wall with no other explanation or if it feels wet or moist when you touch it. While your first instinct may be to remove the wallpaper yourself and save money on hiring a professional for mold growth in the home, you should not do that.
Removing the wallpaper yourself may permit the dangerous mold spores behind the wallpaper to spread around the room. You also risk breathing in dangerous spores. The best thing to do here is to call a professional from CLEAR Restoration. They will take the right steps to remove the moldy wallpaper safely and fix the underlying problem.
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Besides being one of the most frequently used rooms in a home, it is also one of the most likely areas in the home for mold growth. Some of the most common areas you may find mold or mildew in the bathroom are:
- Shower and/or bathtub
- Shower curtains
- Inside bathmats
- Shower tiles
- Around the toilet
- Windows near shower or tub
- Walls near shower or tub
- Walls near sink
Despite being in one of the most susceptible rooms where mold grows in the home because of the inherent moisture, you can avoid allowing any growth to happen. To combat mold growth in a home bathroom, you should make note of any underlying water leaks or spots where water tends to stay for a long time. If your bathroom also has a ventilation unit within it, be sure to turn it on when you are finished using the shower.
Air Conditioning and Heating Units
Many air conditioning units contain filters that remove outside contaminants in the environment and allow clean oxygen to be released into the room. Because of this, these filters can get dirty and collect moisture – leading to mold growth in the home.
In addition, mold can grow either on the unit itself or on the wall surrounding it. According to the EPA, mold can aggravate issues with your respiratory system and produce allergens, triggering allergic reactions.
You should clean your filters with antibacterial dish soap or other cleaners every couple of months. However, if the filter requires a deep clean, you should soak it in the sink or a large container with one part water and one part white vinegar.
Once all signs of mold are gone from the filter, you can place it back into the unit and run the machine like normal. If your air conditioning unit is outside, you should consider using disposable filters that should be replaced once a month. You can also contact a technician from CLEAR Restoration, where one of our experienced team members can decontaminate your air ducts, which will stop any more mold spores from spreading.
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Home Appliances and Fixtures
While many of these appliances will work properly, any temperature change, moisture surrounding the appliance, or dust around or in the appliance can allow mold growth in your home. While you may think appliances such as the refrigerator, microwave, and kitchen sink do not have mold problems, that is not true. As homeowners, you do various activities throughout the day that permit the right conditions for mold growth in your home.
The truth of the matter is that if you have an appliance anywhere in your home that uses water to function, that appliance could become a breeding ground for mold growth in your home. That’s why it is important to clean your appliances and fixtures regularly and get rid of any dust.
Don’t let mold wreak havoc on your home. If you have spotted mold growing anywhere in your home, you should contact CLEAR Restoration in Baton Rouge today to make sure your home is safe. Our IICRC-accredited professionals will find the best manner to remove mold and make your home cleaner. Call 225-245-3575 today for mold remediation and inspection services to stop mold growth in your home.