Where Mold Hides
Where Mold Hides
Mold tends to grow in warm, dark, moist environments. For this reason, we are not surprised to find additional mold behind walls where pipes are present when a homeowner or business owner has called us for a bit of visible mold on a bathroom or kitchen wall. Inspecting for mold in places that are not typically is important to keep a safe and healthy environment.
Bathrooms are ideal places for mold to grow since they tend to be more humid than other rooms around the house. Look around your tub or shower. Typically, it will be dark green or black on the caulking or wall joints. Look also under and behind your sink, especially if you have a cabinet with pipes running inside of it and into the wall. Also look at your exhaust vents. Mold spores are airborne and can very easily reach your fans and travel to other portions of your house if mold begins to grow in them.
Kitchens are also popular places for mold growth because of their increased humidity level. Look under your kitchen sink, especially if it sits atop a cabinet. Also take a look behind your refrigerator and dishwasher. If you’ve experienced a refrigerator or dishwasher leak in the past, be especially vigilant.
The reason to look in closets it because they tend to be dark and not have a lot of air circulation. If you put clothing that is freshly washed and not completely dry, that moisture may make your closet a humid environment.
While not very popular in Dallas, we still encounter homes every now and then with a basement. If you have a basement, pay attention to any point on the wall that is showing structural weakness. If you smell anything resembling strong must or mildew but you cannot find a source of moisture, call a mold remediator.
Attics are often a place of mold growth, particularly if the home or property’s roof has been damaged. If you’ve experienced roof damage, have your attic checked out for a water damage. Today, attics are also popular places to place air conditioners and water heaters, both of which have higher probabilities of leaking.
Make sure that both your washer and dryer are working properly and not leaking. Heat released by your dryer can make this room humid. Often, there are vents in these rooms that help humidity escape; also check those vents for possible growth.
If you suspect or see mold growth in your home or business, give us a call. We are a Texas licensed mold contractor and can guide you every step of the way. We’re always available and always ready to help.
SERVPRO of Ellis County has over 30-years of experience. We service Waxahachie, Ennis, and all other communities in Ellis County plus those surrounding Dallas and Ft. Worth. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 935-0827.
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