5 Common Mold Growth Areas in Your Home
Ever wonder where you might commonly find mold in your Dallas/Ft. Worth home? There are several different areas, the most of which have a close proximity to a water source. It’s important you’re aware of these common places, as keeping out a watchful eye will help prevent the growth and spreading of mold before it becomes out of control.
RestoPros has assembled a guide on the 5 common mold growth areas of a home.
1. The Bathroom
Bathrooms are where we use water the most. And mold thrives in areas that are moist, humid, and dark. This unfortunately means a bathroom is more vulnerable to mold growth than other areas of your home.
After a long shower or bath, the leftover moisture can coat the walls and mirrors of your bathroom. And if you didn’t run your exhaust fan to help remove the moisture, porous surfaces such as drywall and wood will begin to soak and allow for mold growth.
Additionally, bathrooms can also experience plumbing leaks under the faucet, which, if left unattended, can create another instance of mold growth.
2. The Kitchen
Not far behind the bathroom, kitchens are second in terms of water usage in your home. If mold growth occurs in the kitchen, it is usually the result of a leak from a faucet, dishwasher, or refrigerator. Each of these items draw and use water, and often have enclosed, hidden areas which are dark and warm enough for mold growth if moisture is present.
3. The Laundry Room
If the laundry room is meant for cleaning, how could mold growth, an exact opposite of cleaning, choose it as a common place to spawn? Mostly because of the water from your washing machine. Although it’s rare to find mold actually inside the washing machine, it can still appear if there’s a leak or loose connection with a hose. Once water starts to spill and lingers under the washer or dryer, mold can easily start to form.
4. Next to the AC Unit
While not all AC units may be the same, most provide cooling through the means of evaporation. A designated unit (simply titled the evaporator coil) traps warm air and begins to cool it, which creates condensation that forms in and around the coil. Usually, this moisture is supposed to be collected into a drip pan, which is then drained out of your home. However, if the drain becomes clogged or there’s a problem with the coil, condensation can drip into puddles, which helps create mold growth.
5. Under Carpeting
If there’s one item we don’t want associated with the term “brush it under the carpet,” it’s any liquid. Carpeting can become a common area for mold growth if any spills or moisture are not immediately cleaned. This is because once a liquid hits carpet, it slowly starts to soak through the threads and pads, eventually reaching the flooring underneath. And with the dark, warm, and now-damp environment under your carpet, mold can spawn and reproduce.
Always keep in mind the 5 common areas of mold growth in your Dallas/Ft. Worth home. And if upon checking these areas you’ve managed to find an instance of mold growth, contact RestoPros for our mold remediation services! Give us a call at 855-587-3786 to schedule an appointment and get started.