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7 Unexpected Places You Might Find Mold in Your Home

October 20, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

Hidden Mold Poses A Threat

 

Mold Damage

Mold poses a threat in a number of locations inside and outside a typical home. Because mold is sneaky, it hides in unusual places around pipes, on roofs, and within ductwork.  We’ve put together a list of seven, secret places that hidden mold can grow in your home.

1. Chimney

Mold grows in a chimney because the brick crevices hold debris, dirt, and water. If the chimney caps are rusted, a major outbreak will occur if excessive snow and rain access the chimney.  Not necessarily an imminent threat for those of us living in Las Vegas, NV.

2. Refrigerator Drip Pan

Mold inspectors always search for bacteria underneath a fridge. Spilled juice and foods pool in the drip pan, generating moisture, which attracts mold.

3. Washing Machine

Mold usually grows around the gasket that is found on a front-loading washer’s door. The gasket never has a chance to dry because air cannot access the appliance when the door is closed.

4. Air Conditioner

Throughout the year, pollen and dust will build up in an air conditioning unit. Mold grows where the surfaces hold debris, which acts almost like a source of food for the bacteria. If an air conditioner is not used on a regular basis, mold will grow in the drain pans and air ducts too.

5. Dry Wall and Wallpaper

mold growing in laundry roomDrywall material contains a lot of cellulose. This is a big reason why mold builds up. The process of removing the bacteria from drywall is complicated and time-consuming. This is why cutting and removing the contaminated materials is the best solution.

Inspectors use equipment to detect mold that grows behind walls  and in the cavities. These spaces are ideal for mold spores since the cavities hold pockets of moist air.

The paneling behind the wallpaper is another place that attracts the bacteria. Mold thrives on this material because the glue holds dirt, which is a food source that influences growth.

6. Ceiling Tiles

Condensation and humidity attract mold on the ceilings. This is why mold inspectors use tools to examine pipes that are installed above a ceiling.

If a ceiling has water damage, mold colonies will grow on the material above the paneling. When mold grows in an isolated area underneath the ceiling paneling, you can assume there is a large colony on the opposite side of the paneling that you can’t see.

7. Carpeting

Protecting undamaged flooring

Side A shows the undamaged flooring covered in Side B

Carpet is a common nesting spot for bacteria since the fibers hold dust, dirt, and moisture. Mold technicians inspect thick carpeting thoroughly because the fibers do not absorb liquid quickly and efficiently.

Hire a Mold Technician

Mold inspection service technicians like the professionals at Trademark Restoration Services reduce health risks by performing thorough inspection procedures. A serious mold issue can affect the health of your family and pets. If the problem is not addressed immediately, particles will cause a number of respiratory problems, such as allergies and asthma.

The process of removing mold is not easy. If you agitate the contaminated area, mold spores will fly through the air.   This is why we recommend that you allow only trained mold technicians to remove mold particles effectively and efficiently by using commercial-grade tools and equipment.

Our experts at Trademark will identify the root cause of your home’s mold problem in addition to treating the symptoms.  By eliminating an outbreak at the source, future mold contamination is less likely occur.  Call Us immediately if you suspect mold growth hidden in your home.

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