Molds can present a big problem in your home, especially if you have allergies or respiratory issues that can be aggravated by mold and mold spores. Often, molds are something that homeowners overlook when preparing to place their home on the market. In doing so, they miss out on the chance to make a lot of cash on the sale.
Most people think that mold and mold spores are only found in the bathroom, but they can also be in your kitchen, laundry room, and basement. Here are a few places you should check for possible mold infestations in your home.
On Cement Walls
Waterproofing is a great asset to have in a house, but it can also be a breeding ground for mold. Mold will often appear on cement walls that have been waterproofed. That’s because the water can’t dry out. The drywall is then covered in mold and this can lead to respiratory issues. If you have a waterproofed basement, place a dryer sheet behind the wall to keep the mold out.
Windows are a common source of mold. When water pools in between the surfaces of windows, this creates the perfect breeding ground for mold. This is a common problem in many older homes.
Grout between tiles is also a common place for mold to grow because it is dark and humid. The best way to prevent this is to clean the grout as much as possible and also to ensure it is dried out. If you cannot clean it yourself, you can hire an expert to come in and clean it for you.
Along the HVAC Ducts
Molds can grow here if the ducts are not properly cleaned. The ducts can collect moisture and dust particles and produce mold spores. That’s why it is important that you take your HVAC system apart and clean each of the pieces as well as the ducts.
Around Toilet Bowls
Toilet bowls are dark and humid areas of the home that are great for mold growth. While you can create a clean toilet bowl, this may not be enough to stop mold growth. A more effective way to prevent mold is to clean your toilet with bleach. This will help kill mold, as well as bacteria that thrive in the toilet bowl. If you want to prevent mold in your home, keep the bathroom dry, especially in the areas around the toilet. Keep it well-ventilated as well.
Sometimes leaks in pipes or downspouts can cause water to drip into the cabinet under your sink. Mold and mildew in this area can be very dangerous. You should make sure that your sink cabinet and the area around it is kept dry. This will help keep mold growth to a minimum.
In the Closet
Mold loves dark and damp places, which makes closets a great place for mold to grow. Mold will grow on cotton and wool, so having your clothes off the floor is the best solution. It is also a good idea to use a dehumidifier to keep the air in your closet dry.
Mold can be a problem in the home because of the health and safety risks it poses to your family. If you suspect that you have a mold infestation in your house, consider hiring a mold removal company. They can inspect your home, determine how serious the mold problem is, and tell you what to do to prevent mold from growing in your home.
Ally Property Inspections offers mold inspection in Birmingham, AL. We will check every inch of your home so you can avoid expensive mold problems in the future. Contact us today to get started!