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Most Common Places Mold Can Hide in Your Home

Posted in Environmental Testing | Mold Inspection on September 16th, 2019 by Ian Stevens
Maryland Mold Testing

Mold, one of the most prolific organisms in the world, loves to hide in your home, taking up residence, and growing easier. The worst part is, mold – the collective name given to thousands of different types of fungi, can be harmful and even when you have a mold problem it may not be evident at first. Mold spores live everywhere, inside and out, microscopic organisms that enter your home in a variety of ways – floating in the air through opened windows and doors, pushing in through HVAC systems, and hitching a ride on people and pets who enter.  

When mold spores get into your home, they go into hiding in the moist damp spaces where they easily thrive. Mold growth begins quickly, becoming mold colonies in as little as 48 hours. Even before you see it, your first clue that mold is in residence is often evidenced by the musty smell it produces. Once the odor is emitted, so begins the production of allergens and other irritants causing health concerns for the members of your family. Here are the most common places mold can hide in your home.

Beneath Your Sink

Mold loves dark, moist, and warm spaces making your sinks (bathrooms and kitchen) the perfect place to take up residence. You can help prevent mold under your sinks by checking for leaks and condensation as well as cleaning the interior of the cabinetry surrounding your sinks consistently. Hiring a licensed professional will prevent mold from spreading.

On the Components of Appliances

While this may be the last place you’d expect mold to be found, the drip pans, coils, and seals of your appliances are the perfect breeding ground for mold. Because these appliance components hold moisture and are hidden from view (dark areas), mold can easily start a colony on and around them. Make sure you add these components to your cleaning list to prevent mold from growing there.

Inside Your Toothbrush Holder and Under Your Soap Dish

Decorative glass and ceramic toothbrush holders make the ideal environment for mold to grow. Water drips from the toothbrush and collects in the holder. Keep mold away by rinsing and drying your toothbrush holder often. Another popular spot for mold in the bathroom is the soap dish. When the soap is put back in place, water collects, which also makes a great habitat for mold growth. Be sure to rinse and dry beneath the soap dish when you rinse and dry your toothbrush holder.

On Your Plumbing and Ductwork

The idea of mold on plumbing probably is no surprise, but on the ductwork may be news to you. It’s true, especially in humid regions, mold on ductwork is just as common as on plumbing. With the help of a licensed professional, the mold on plumbing and ductwork can easily be reached and removed.

Help Against Mold When You Need It

The hidden places described gives you a place to start in defeating the infestation of mold in your home, but don’t forget to check other dark, damp, and warm spots for mold.

Mold also loves to build colonies in toys, underneath doormats, beneath the carpet, inside walls, and even in your filing cabinets. At MD Mold Testing, we can remove dangerous mold from your home. Give us a call today for a mold inspection and air testing in Maryland.