5 Places Mold May Be Hiding In Your Home.

  • Date: 10-2019

Runny nose, watery eyes, dry cough, and possibly a sore throat.​Know these symptoms all too well? Don’t worry, ​a lot of us do! And most of us assume it’s​ allergies​ or a cold​. But what happens when these symptoms become​chronic?​ Notice them more when you are in the comfort of your home trying to binge watch the latest Netflix original? Those symptoms could be a sign of a hidden threat in your home, ​MOLD!Keep in mind that approximately 80% of mold spores are non-visible. If you are experiencing symptoms, it could be mold and you might not be able to see it.

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Mold can be found hiding in places you would least expect, and is not always visible to the naked eye.

So let’s start from the beginning​. What exactly could be causing mold to grow in your home or business? ​Mold needs a few things to come together before it begins to become an issue. Dark, warm, and moist areas are prime catalysts. Despite what you may think, keeping a tidy home isn’t going to keep you free of those pesky mold spores. In this post, we’ll cover a few lesser known locations for mold to be hiding in, and what you can do to stop it from happening to ​YOU!

1. Your Closet/Wardrobe

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Your “Dusty old shoes” could be harboring mold!

Closets are ideal for mold because they provide the key ingredients for mold to grow. Dark area, multiple surfaces for mold spores to land on, and hanging up clothes before they are fully dry creates a damp environment. Next time you choose an outfit, go ahead and reach back into the forgotten corners of your wardrobe. You never know what you might find! Especially if you have a habit of hanging on to old clothes. Ensure that your closet is dry and if you have clothes that have been hanging there for years untouched, consider throwing them through a wash and dry cycle!

2. Windows

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Moisture can build up and begin to rot the window and areas around it.

It doesn’t take much of a leak to become a potential problem. When a window leaks or has a moisture problem due to condensation, moisture can build up and begin to rot the window and areas around it. This is often first noticed on the window sill and threshold. If left long enough, it could also result in structural damage and mold! Regularly check for leaks and repair as necessary to keep a tight seal!

3. Sliding Doors

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Over time water can leak in and create a perfect environment for mold to thrive.

Sliding doors are just as much of an issue as windows are. One slight leak, and you could have a hidden threat on your hands. Ensure that the track is dry after rain and that there are no visible leaks present. Regularly clean the door track and area around it to ensure that the mold has nothing to feed on. Keeping this area as dry as possible is a top priority to ensure no mold growth!

4. Sinks/ Dishes

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Not all mold issues are as blatantly obvious as this photo!

We’ve all been there. Sometimes you just don’t have the time to properly dry and put away all the dishes from dinner. Life can be hectic! But if this becomes a habit, mold has the potential to thrive. A wet sink with dishes and food scraps in it can easily get out of control. Always try to keep your sink empty and dry when not in use. When putting dishes away, double check to make sure they are fully dried! Putting wet dishes in to your cabinets can spread the problem elsewhere. It’s also a good idea to wipe out your kitchen cabinets every so often to ensure they stay clean and dry.

5.Vents/Air Conditioning

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Vent registers are easy to remove and should be cleaned regularly.

Air Conditioning units do more than just cool off your house. They circulate air (not good if you have spores present in your air!), trap dust, and collect moisture. If you aren’t running your air conditioning regularly, humidity can climb, setting off a chain reaction that leads to mold growth in ducts. Once mold begins to grow in your central AC unit, the spores can then be easily dispersed through the air. This is when you will need to hire a mold remediation expert to properly handle the issue. Prevention is key when it comes to your air conditioning system!

If you suspect mold in your home, we can help. Rule of thumb for indoor air….”if it smells OLD,it’s probably MOLD”. We can test to see if mold spores are in the air that you are breathing. Fill out the form below or give us a call to schedule an appointment with a mold remediation expert today!