If you suspect mold in your home, it’s essential to act quickly. Mold is very bad for you when it grows indoors. It can cause health problems or exacerbate pre-existing conditions. Knowing where to look for mold in your home is the first step to mitigating it and stopping its growth. But if you’re unfamiliar with mold, it might be hard to know where to look for it. These are the most common places where you’ll find it.
Shower and Bathtub
Mold thrives in warm, wet places. Your shower is the perfect example. Do you like to stand under hot water? While it feels great on your skin, it’s a breeding ground for mold. This is especially true if your bathroom lacks ventilation.
We recommend checking your shower, bathtub, sink, toilet, walls, and floor. These are all common places where you might find mold in your home.
We recommend checking in, on, and under your kitchen sink. Your kitchen sink is home to dirty dishes, uneaten food, wet sponges, and your garbage disposal. Under the sink, you have to worry about mold coming from your pipes, especially if there’s a leak.
Refrigerator and Pantry
Do you suspect mold in your fridge or pantry? Your first thought might be moldy leftovers in the fridge, but while that’s possible, it’s not the only place mold can grow. Remember to check your drip trays and water dispenser, too. You don’t want mold growing anywhere near the water you drink!
Microwave and Stove
It’s easy for mold to grow in your microwave or stove if you don’t regularly clean it. Why? Because spilled food and grease that’s left sitting will eventually mold. You don’t want to cook food where there’s mold, as that can also make you sick.
Windows and HVAC
Windowsills are subject to humidity because they collect condensation. If left alone, they’ll grow mold. The same goes for air conditioners and heating vents, so regularly checking the vents is essential.
Couches and Curtains
Mold spores are often found on fabric or upholstery. Spilling water on your couch and not cleaning it right away can easily lead to mold growth. If your couch smells musty, look for mold.
Fireplace and Chimney
It’s very easy for mold to grow in your fireplace or chimney because both are cool, damp, and dark. And that’s where mold thrives best.
Attic and Basement
Your attic might hold your storage, but it could also be hosting mold. Attics frequently have ventilation systems that control the whole house. So, mold that collects in those attic vents can be spread through the entire house when you turn your heat or air on.
If you don’t go to your basement often, you might not think to check for mold there. But mold left untreated will spread and grow. Watch for leaks, excessive moisture, and condensation around those pipes.
Black Diamond Restoration
Black Diamond Restoration has served the greater Salt Lake City area for the past 20 years. We specialize in mitigating, removing, and restoring areas in your home that have been infected with mold. We are experts in our field. We will find it, treat it, and prevent it from growing back if there’s mold. We’ll also teach you ways you can prevent mold growth. Think you’ve spotted mold in your home? Contact us today!