Many of us already know why it’s bad to have mold around. Not only does it reek, it also compromises your immune system, and gets caught in your respiratory system. People with serious allergies can even have life-threatening symptoms from mold exposure. But, where does it lurk? Well, there’s no one definitive answer to this question. Each property and each flood and mold remediation project is a little different, and mold can lurk all over the place. Let’s go over where that mold might be lurking in your property.
There’s not too many places in your home that will experience more water evaporation and airborne microorganisms than your bathrooms. Even when you flush your toilet, small particles of water and microorganisms are filling up the air. That being said, where can we expect mold to lurk?
You’re going to find mold in some places of your toilet, especially if you don’t regularly clean them. Check the water outlets towards the rim, and also in the upper deck of your toilet. Also, toilet accessories like plungers and scrubbers should be kept very clean as the organic material on them can promote growth of different bacteria and other microorganisms, not just mold.
Ventilation shafts and fans: These are common places to find mold in bathrooms. If there’s dust gathering in these vents, then water will attach to the dust. Dust also attracts insects and microorganisms trying to feed off of the trace organic material in it.
We suggest you regularly remove towels from your bathrooms and make sure they remain well laundered. We all know the bad things that can happen to rugs in bathrooms as well. Make sure they are cleaned regularly. Mold infestations on these surfaces can quickly spread to other surfaces through airborne spores.
The infamous basement mold. This is where we end up doing the majority of our mold remediation work. Basements are typically dark and damp, regularly experiencing lower temperatures. But where will you find the mold?
Your carpets in your basement will absorb the lion’s share of moisture in the air. The porous nature of carpet also allows for it to dry out and spread the spores fast, so it’s best to keep basement carpets well cleaned.
Many basements have ceiling panels just below the concrete and wood foundations separating the basement from the floors above. These areas are cool and seldom exposed to light. They are veritable breeding grounds for mold, so be sure to check up there during your wetter seasons.
These are just a few places where mold creeps throughout a property. There are many other potential areas you should check, like around your sump pump and drainage areas or in your attic. Dehumidifiers can go a long way in basements and other areas. Want some more advice, tips and tricks? Call us today for a consultation or to setup a mold inspection.