Sometimes you can see mold in plain sight in an area that's easy to get to....but sometimes mold can grow rapidly and in some of the hard to see or hard to get to places...or spots you'd never even consider.
Here are 7 surprising places mold may be hiding in your home right now!
APPLIANCES. Your major appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators retain moisture...the coils, seals, and drip pans are common spots for mold growth.
CARPETS/UPHOLSTERY. Your carpeting, upholstery, and window curtains all trap a lot of dust, dirt, allergens, and skin cells. All of those are mold growth helpers. If a liquid spill or a water leak is added to the mix, the chances increase dramatically.
KIDS TOYS. Children have the terrible habit of putting nearly every toy in their mouth, and as a result those toys can get dirty, wet, and are immediate magnets for mold growth. We're not just talking about teddy bears here either, even hard plastic toys can maintain mold growth.
BEHIND WALLPAPER. This surprises most folks. Mold is commonly found behind wallpaper, paneling, and even the backside of drywall. Especially here in the south when HVAC units are blowing cold air onto an exterior wall. Condensation = moisture = a chance for mold growth.
DUCT-WORK/PLUMBING. Not only under your home, but throughout the walls of your home, and maybe even your attic, there are a series of pipes filled with alternatively cold or hot water, as well as ducts carrying heated or chilled air. Again, our area's humidity level only increases the chances of condensation on pipes and on the interior and exterior or duct work....as a result, a good chance of mold growth.
CEILING TILES. This is one that's often overlooked. Just because the visible side of your ceiling tile is nice and clean, doesn't mean the other side isn't coated with a layer of growing mold. Since pipes & ducts, as mentioned above, are often in close proximity to ceiling tiles, and they are often absorbent...the chance for mold is there.
SINKS/FAUCETS. While not so surprising, the challenge is that folks seldom check beneath their sinks or other areas where faucets may be featured. Mold loves a dark, moist, warm place....and kitchen or bathroom or work area sinks are that exact combination.
Mold can be a serious health hazard for your family, and you should have your home tested anytime you suspect your property may be affected. Are there specific times when you should consider a mold test for your home? Absolutely.
1. If you're considering purchasing a new residence.
2. If you or your family have detected a musty odor in the home.
3. If a part of your home recently had a leak or was damaged by flood.
4. If you or your family seems to have recently dealt with unexplained illnesses (sore throats, sinus infections, coughing, headaches, rashes, hives, or unusual fatigue.
What happens next?
When you call West Tennessee Restoration, we first perform a basic visual inspection to see if we can determine where the problem is originating. We will also test the air for mold spores, swab surfaces throughout the home, and take other steps necessary to determine if your home has a mold problem.
If you find mold, then what?
Honestly, that depends upon how serious your problem is. We'll give you a report based upon the test findings and recommend proper mold removal. We are experts in this field, and we have a lengthy list of satisfied homeowners who can attest to our work and the benefits they realized afterward.
Mold is a serious issue, not to be taken lightly, and certainly not to be 'put off' to a later date. Call us today and let's take the right steps to keep your family safe. Remember: we're here to help, at (731) 660-9090.