Mold is dirty, nasty, and incredibly invasive, capable of creating spores that impact the quality and scent of your indoor air. While many people are used to checking for it in high-water-use areas like bathrooms and kitchens, there are other areas that people forget to look, creating the perfect breeding ground for this dangerous microorganism. Here are three sneaky places you may find mold in your home.
1. Your Laundry Room
Although most people don't consider them heavy water use spaces, your laundry room uses a great deal of water, and it isn't immune to drips and mold growth. The entire area could be prone to mold damage if you don't make sure that the water lines are tight and secured properly, so do what you can to check the washing machine regularly for drips and water accumulations.
Mold can also grow around drying racks and other areas where laundry drip-dries, so check those spots for discolorations or patches. If areas tend to collect water, try to find what could be causing the moisture, and do what you can to stop the leaks as early as possible.
2. Your Children's Bedrooms
You never know when kids might be sneaking food, glasses of water, and even taking off their wet clothes in the room and leaving them on the floor. It is important to keep kids' bedrooms as clean and tidy as possible to prevent problems with mold since kids can be especially susceptible to allergies and problems with mold growth. Talk with your kids about mold, try to keep food out of children's rooms, and never put furniture around areas that could be prone to mold growth, such as basement bedrooms with windows adjacent to sprinklers.
3. Inside Utility Closets
Utility closets typically contain things like water heaters and furnaces. However, these appliances have drains and water lines, which could spark mold growth. If you have a pipe running from your air conditioner drip pan, make sure the floor drain is unobstructed and appears functional. Likewise, keep your hot water tank in good condition, and report issues as soon as you spot them to professionals who can repair or replace this water-holding appliance.
Remember, anytime you spot mold, you should steer clear of it and work with a professional mold remediation company. Experts can come into your home, analyze the mold growths, create a negative air pressure system, kill the mold, and remove it carefully while wearing the appropriate gear. The best part is that they can also remove it faster than you might be able to and help with the restoration process — or recommend someone who can.
If you notice mold in your house, contact a mold remediation service in your area.