Places Mold Could be Lurking in Your Home
Jun 13, 2017
When you think of mold growing in your home, you probably think of the dank and dark basement, attic, and crawl spaces, or maybe that expired cheese you’ve left in the fridge a little too long. But what most people don’t know is that mold can show up just about anywhere in your home. Some areas are more prone to mold and mildew because they are more likely to have excess moisture in the air.
Looking for Mold
Usually, the most foolproof way to detect mold is seeing or smelling. Discoloration of floors or walls or a musty smell are some good indicators that mold is present. Look for mold in any of the places where water may have pooled or humidity may be high.
Repairing leaks and cleaning up spills as soon as you notice them is one big way you can help prevent mold and mildew in your home, but keeping your home as clean and dry as possible is the most effective and efficient way to keep mold at bay. Remember that mold spores can easily become air borne and become a serious health risk to you and your loved ones. But what if you can’t see or smell mold?
Places Mold Could Be Hiding:
Any places in your home that are prone to excess moisture, even if they are not directly near a water source, can be a breeding ground for mold. Some places where mold likes to lurk include:
- Utility closets
- Linen closets
- Behind and underneath furniture
- Around vents and air conditioners
Tips for Keeping Mold at Bay
In addition to repairing leaks and cleaning up spills as soon as possible, here are a few other tips that will help you keep mold away:
- Don’t leave wet or dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter overnight
- Don’t leave wet towels or clothes on furniture or the floor
- Vacuum carpets and mop hardwood and tile regularly, paying close attention to nooks and crannies
- Clean your sink and shower with disinfectant regularly. Make sure to wash bath and shower mats.
If you think that you may have mold, even if you can’t see or smell it, don’t try to fix it on your own. The experts at ServiceMaster of Greenville and Spartanburg can help you clean and repair and areas affected by mold and mildew and restore your home. Contact us today!