Where Mold Likes to Hide
Mold is some seriously nasty stuff. A common pollutant of indoor air quality, it can pose a severe threat to your respiratory health as well as to the structure of your home. There is a lot of misinformation out there surrounding mold, but one thing is for certain: you don’t want it growing unchecked in your home. But, as pernicious as it might be, mold can be surprisingly tricky to spot. Here are some of the locations in your home where you might want to look for mold.
As you probably already know, mold thrives in moisture. In most houses, the moistest environment imaginable is the bathroom. If you have a propensity for taking long, hot showers, you’ve probably noticed just how much steam permeates the room when your shower is done. If this isn’t properly aired out, it can create the perfect environment for mold to thrive.
A little bit of DIY humidity control can help reduce the risk of mold buildup in your bathroom. Running the fan in your bathroom can help with airflow. If you have a window, see if you can leave it open. If possible, you might even consider leaving the door cracked a bit. When you’re done with your shower, be sure to leave the door open for a while.
The second most common location to find mold in your house is another environment that tends to be moist—your basement. Do you notice a distinct ‘musty’ smell when going down into your basement? Over the years, you might have learned to dismiss this as just the typical ‘basement’ smell. But don’t ignore it; it could indicate a moisture problem.
Without a properly functioning basement waterproofing system, you are just about guaranteed to end up with mold buildup eventually. Check for discoloration on drywall, furniture, and appliances.
Finally, the last place you should look for mold is probably the place you’d least like for it to be. It can be extremely concerning to find mold in your kitchen because its proximity to food can be dangerous. Still, it a natural place for mold to crop up, given the presence of perishable items and moisture.
Here are some of the specific locations in your kitchen where you ought to look for mold:
- Behind your stove
- Under the refrigerator
- In and underneath the sink
Of course, you should also regularly go through your refrigerator and pantry to check for any expired or prematurely molding food. Once it starts growing, it can easily spread.
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