Is Mold Hiding in Your Home?

You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting health problems. Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. It’s not a shock when mold shows up behind drywall after a flood or covers baseboards in damp basements. But mold can surprise you and hide in unexpected places, making it harder to detect and wipe out.Bennet-House-sized-300x225

Mold need key ingredients to grow:

  1. food source which includes high cellulose content materials such as paper and wood. Other sources of food include drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt.
  2. The ideal temperature of 5 degrees to 38 degrees which provides ideal growing conditions for mold.
  3. Most importantly, water and moisture is the essential ingredient required by mold to grow which can be provided by leaking pipes, roofs and ceiling, sewer backups, floods, and condensation.

One of the first signs that you have a mold problem will be a “musty” or “mildewy” odor. The next step is to determine where the smell is coming from. The seven areas listed below are some of the most common areas in a home where you will find mold. Other visual clues to look for during your investigation of these areas include: buckled floorboards, discolored carpet, new water stains on the ceiling or wall, and/or actual visual growth such as black specs.attic-black-mold-photo

  • Bathrooms and kitchens: The most common area where you will find mold is under the sinks because of leaks.
  • Appliances: Another potential source of leaks are your refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machines. Check behind and under the appliances for mold.
  • Roof: If you notice water stains on the ceilings, then your roof could be leaking which will cause mold if the leak is not repaired.
  • Windows: If you have condensation in the home, you will likely find mold on the window sills and around the windows.
  • Basement: If there is high humidity in your home, then check your basement and other areas of the home for mold.
  • Closets: Leaky pipes, high humidity, and other sources of moisture can result in hidden mold in your closets. If there are boxes in the closet, move them and check the walls and floor for mold.
  • Crawl spaces: Moisture in your crawl space will cause mold to grow.

If you discover mold in your home or business, just remember that some molds can be toxic and that it is best not to disturb the mold which could inadvertently release spores in the air and create even more problems.

Contact P.R.S. of Tampa Bay if you find mold anywhere in your home!Colorado-Mold-Testing-Inspections-mold-symptoms-in-the-home

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