Mold can be hazardous to health and can cause structural problems in a home. Spotting and taking care of mold right away can help prevent these issues. So where should homeowners look for mold growth? Here are the seven most common places mold is found in the home:
- Flooded basements or cellars
Mold loves wet, cold places. That’s why basements or cellars that have experienced flooding or leaks are one of its favorite places. If water damage occurs, the longer it remains untreated, the more likely mold is to grow.
- Under kitchen and bathroom sinks
Pipes can leak, causing water damage in unsuspecting places, like under the sink. If homeowners notice leaky sink pipes, they should call All Star Plumbing and Restoration to fix the issues before further water damage and mold occurs. Periodically check visible pipes in the home for leaks to catch issues early on.
- Under or behind refrigerators
The older the refrigerator, the more prone it is to leaks. Some people don’t even realize the fridge has been leaking and causing mold growth until they replace the old fridge with a new one. When they remove it, they often find large amounts of mold growing on the wall behind it or on the floor below.
- Behind walls with plumbing
It can be difficult to find leaky pipes behind the walls until water or mold is already present. Mold and foul odors are usually the first signs of a leak somewhere in the plumbing. At that point, water damage cleanup and mold remediation is the only course of action.
- In and around AC units
AC units can also be a source of mold in or around the unit and registers. Elevated humidity in the ducts can cause mold to grow. To prevent mold from growing and being dispersed through the ducts into the home, have the ducts routinely checked. If mold is persistent, a new AC unit might be needed.
- Around windows
Improperly installed or old windows are prone to leaks. Homeowners who notice leaky windows should call someone right away to fix the issue. If left too long, water will begin to seep into the areas surrounding the window and cause mold growth.
- Under carpeting
If carpeting has become wet because of an appliance leak, flooding or improper cleaning, mold can quickly grow underneath. Wet carpeting should be dried out by professionals, such as All Star Restoration to ensure mold does not have a chance to grow.
Homeowners who find or suspect mold in their home should contact All Star Plumbing and Restoration right away. The faster water damage and mold is found, the better. They can determine what is causing the mold, and prevent it from happening again.