THE PLACES MOLD MAY HIDE IN YOUR HOME
Mold may seem like just a pesky problem, however, it can become more serious than just an annoyance. Spring rain and heat create the perfect environment for mold to grow, so checking key places in your home is important as we head into the summer months. Mold can become a serious headache (literally and figuratively), causing illness, allergies and home damage. You should keep a close eye out for mold inside and outside of your home, especially during the rainy season.
Common places in your home that mold can hide are:
- The Bathroom. The bathroom area of your home that is an excellent breeding ground for mold. Between showers, washing your hands and brushing your teeth, the bathroom is a primary place for water use. Condensation from hot baths and showers can land on walls, floors, ceilings and anything sitting around, keeping the area moist and humid. Bathrooms tend to hold heat and humidity because of their small square footage, allowing mold to start forming quickly.
- The Attic. Attics are dark, small, usually filled with storage and often don’t contain the correct amount of ventilation or insulation. Attics are also a popular space for vents and fans of machinery in your house, such as your washer and dryer and plumbing. This increases the humidity in this area, especially since heat rises, and since attics are often dark and unvisited, mold can be hiding here and you won’t even know it.
- Your Walls and Windows. Windows are can be a way for mold to creep into, and it can be nearly impossible to keep all cracks out of your foundation and walls. As your home ages, these will become larger and more apparent. Moisture can accumulate inside the walls, creating the perfect situation for mold to grow in. Moisture can also accumulate on windowsills and frames, and if left untouched, humidity both inside and out can cause a mold build-up.
- The Basement. Though basements are less common in the Mid-South region, they are a prime atmosphere for mold to grow in. Basements, because they are below ground level, are typically moist and humid. They are also a prime area to experience flooding damage from heavy rain. Even if flooding isn’t immediately apparent, this excess water can come in through tiny foundational cracks in your home, evaporate and, when conditions are right, create mold.
If you suspect you have mold growing in or around your house, you need to take care of it immediately. The CDC gives great recommendations for ways you can get rid of the mold yourself.