Mold can cause many health issues for you or anyone else living in your home. These health issues can range from allergic reactions, to asthma and other respiratory problems. Some people are more sensitive to molds than others. People who are sensitive can experience wheezing, skin and eye irritation. In more extreme situations, people with chronic lung illnesses may develop mold infections in their lungs.
It is important to eliminate any mold growths in your home as soon as possible. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to tell if you have any mold growths is using your nose. Mold smells and you should be able to smell it around the areas the mold is growing. The most common toxic mold is black mold, which has a slimy black appearance. In its early stages, black mold my look like dirt on the walls, so be sure to clean up any area that may be suspect. Although mold can grow anywhere where there is moisture, here are the top 5 places where you should check for mold:
The bathroom is always subject to heavy moisture that can seep into basically every surface and provide a perfect place for mold to grow. Check under your sinks, shower shower, bath fixtures, around the exhaust fans and the walls for any mold growth. To help prevent mold from growing, use the ventilation fan in the bathroom while taking a shower or bath. You can also use a mildew-resistant shower curtain, or just wash or replace the one you currently have. Regularly cleaning the bathroom (from top to bottom, not just the counters!) and washing any bathroom rugs will help as well.
The basement is a great environment for mold to grow in. Many basements are dark and damp, which mold thrives in. Visually inspect your basement, especially the ceiling area beneath the kitchen and bathroom, areas around pipes and behind heaters. These are areas where moisture is most likely to occur. Any standing water or moisture on the walls are areas mold can grow in as well. You may not be able to see any mold, but you may be able to smell it, so mark any areas that the smell may be originating from.
The kitchen offers plenty of opportune areas for mold growth. Compost buckets are great areas for mold growth, so make sure you dump it regularly. The garbage disposal is also an area mold can grow in due to the dark and moist environment. Run the garbage disposal once a day and pour straight vinegar into it once a week to prevent mold growth. The refrigerator drop tray needs to be cleaned at least a couple times a year. The drip tray collects any water that condenses and overflows and is located under the front of your refrigerator.
Pipes, especially leaky ones, are very good environments for mold to grow in. Check all areas where your plumbing is located for leaks and mold growth. If you find any pipes that are leaking, fix them or call in a plumber to do the job. Not only can mold grow in that area, but flooding could occur as well.
5. Carpets and Carpet Pads
Carpets are great at soaking up and retaining moisture. The easiest way to check for mold in your carpets is to smell the carpet for sour or pungent musty odors. You can also check under the carpet for any moldy areas. Stained areas that are moist are indications of mold growth.
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