According to the International Center for Toxicology and Medicine at Harvard University, “No one really knows exactly how many homes have mold behind the walls, but the best current estimate is about 70%.” Other statistics show that 28% of the population carry genes that make them susceptible to having health issues when exposed to mold. While these statistics are alarming, they are meant to show that it is important to take mold seriously and address the problem when identified. By taking the necessary steps of checking your home for mold and hiring a professional to remove it when found, you’ll be able to keep your home mold-free and you and your family safe from mold-related health issues. Read on to learn about the top ten mold hiding places to keep your home safe and healthy.
- HVAC Drain Pans.
When HVAC systems don’t work properly, meaning condensates don’t accumulate on the drain pans, it can create a moisture problem in ductwork. To reduce condensation problems in your HVAC system, it is important to check that the HVAC drain pans were inserted properly and that you have it cleaned regularly. For information on how to prepare for an air duct cleaning, click here.
Whether you spill a drink on the floor, have flooding in your home, or even if there’s moisture in the air, your carpeting can hold that moisture which could lead to mold growth. If any of the above instances occur, be sure to raise the temperature of your home to reduce moisture in your carpet, use a wet vacuum, or set up a fan or dehumidifier to dry up water in your carpet.
- Cavity Walls.
Cavity walls are one of the most overlooked areas in your home where mold growth is possible. Moisture, from a leak for example, can get trapped inside the interior of cavity walls and form mold. Since cavity walls are not opened, mold can go undetected; however, if you detect leaks and insert vapor barriers, you’ll be able to prevent mold.
Often the salts and minerals from masonry can lead to mold on its surface. If you believe there’s mold on a masonry surface in your home, use proper cleaning sprays and monitor the area. If mold continues to grow, hire mold removal professionals to remove it.
Wallpaper is a common place where mold goes unnoticed because the only way you will see mold is if you remove the wallpaper. If the wallpaper in your home is old or has raised edges, mold could be potentially growing under the wallpaper. The only way to be safe is to remove it and replace it. However, if you are aware that there is mold behind your wallpaper (you can see it through the paper), hire an expert to remove it and sterilize the area.
Due to the combination of little air flow and the build up of dust, attics create an environment where mold spores could grow. Especially if you have a leak in your roof or ceiling, it is important to check your attic for mold. To avoid this problem, check your attic frequently for mold and insert an air vent to promote circulation. Click here to learn more.
- Washing Machines.
Washing machines are capable of producing mold as the front gasket is constantly wet from the machine running, and when it is not running the door is typically shut which prevents the gasket from drying. To prevent mold from growing in your washing machine, keep your washing machine door open or wipe it dry after completing laundry cycles.
- Ceiling Tiles.
Because ceiling tiles are porous and absorb moisture, mold growth is plausible. If you see water-stained ceiling tiles in your home, there could be mold on the hidden side. If you see this, it is best to investigate the area and hire an expert if you find mold. You’ll want to treat the mold source before replacing or repairing the tiles to prevent a recurring problem.
Depending on how well the top of your chimney is covered, water from rain and snow as well as leaves can create moisture on the top and inside of your chimney. If your chimney is not covered properly and there’s mold forming, hire a professional to properly remove it.
- Window Sills.
Window sills are another common place where mold is possible because window sills are exposed to moisture and condensation. Additionally, window sills have poor air flow during colder months as windows aren’t opened as frequently. To prevent this, wipe down your window sills and clean it when you see a lot of condensation forming on your window.
Contact Mold Medics
If you suspect your home has mold, whether it be in one of these hiding places or not, Mold Medics is here to help! We offer professional mold removal services, air duct cleaning, radon testing and mitigation, mold testing, home and office disinfection, and more! Click here to learn about our six-step remediation process and how we go the extra mile to keep your home healthy and safe.