Where To Look for Mold in Your Home
Mold growth could be happening in your house with you even knowing. Checking these places that are vulnerable to mold growth may help you to avoid a potential disaster.
1. Shower and Bathtub
Because of the excessive exposure to moisture, showers and tubs are the most common places you’ll find mold in your home. Be sure to ventilate your bathroom during and after showering or bathing to avoid too much steam build up—there is a great breeding ground for mold. The mold that could be growing in your bathroom will not always be visible. Check things that are regularly in your shower and tub area, such as your loofahs, shampoos bottles, shower heads, tile grout, etc.
Whether it’s your bathroom or your kitchen, sinks are very vulnerable to mold growth. Anywhere there is water, there is potential for mold growth. The humid nature of bathrooms can be dangerous and the wet sponges, dirty dishes, and food from the garbage disposal all leave the kitchen sink vulnerable to mold spores. You may also want to check under your sinks. Any sort of leaky pipe could mean mold.
The toilet is exposed to lots of water, which means that it’s prone to mold growth. Whether it’s the bowl, the thank, or the outside, it’s all vulnerable. You should also check behind the toilet and under the toilet. Cleaning supplies used to clean the toilet can also be exposed to excess moisture and be prone to some mold growth.
4. Walls and Floor
Mold growth is very dangerous in the walls, that’s where it often goes unseen. The more it grows, the more it damages. Check corners, under rugs, inside walls, etc.
Food can lead to mold growth—especially if that food is expired. Regularly wipe down surfaces and keep mold food out of your fridge to discourage any possible mold growth. Check any places where there might be moisture or liquid dripping. If you have drip trays or a water dispenser in your fridge, check these places for mold growth as well.
Again, anywhere there is food, there can be mold growth. Pantries have food, sometimes old food that’s been sitting there a while, and little light. Mold is more likely to grow in the dark.
With all the food spillage going on near or on the stove, it is easy for mold to find a place to grow. Keeping things clean and dry will help you to avoid mold growth in these areas.
8. Windows and Sills
Windows tend to collect condensation because of humidity, which can lead to mold growth. Check into window sills and window frames regularly.
When fireplaces and chimneys are not in use, they become damp and dark, which is a great place for mold growth. Many fireplaces have brick, which is very porous—meaning mold can be difficult to get rid of and spread quickly.