WHERE DOES MOLD GROW
IN A HOME?
Mold occurs naturally in almost every part of the world and given the right conditions it's very happy to invade our homes.
The problem is that as well as being unsightly mold can have serious negative impacts on our health and the fabric of our homes. Inhaling mold spores can be particularly harmful to people with asthma, allergies or lung conditions, but even people without these underlying conditions can suffer a variety of health problems from exposure to mold.
As well as the potential health effects, mold also has the potential to do serious damage to your home as it breaks down the materials it grows on which can be part of the structure of your home, plus it spreads easily simply by dispersing spores. Learn how and where mold grows in a home below and remember Pure Maintenance of Oregon is here to help prevent mold growth and provide mold removal in Medford and surrounding cities:
The Conditions Mold Needs to Grow
Mold can grow pretty much anywhere in your home. Once there are spores all that is needed is a surface for the mold to grow on, oxygen, warmth, darkness and moisture which most homes have in plentiful supply.
And because mold spores are almost everywhere in the atmosphere it’s very easy for mold growth to occur in hidden areas without us even noticing it. Mold can grow almost anywhere but common places include hidden areas such as under carpets, in wall cavities, above ceilings and behind appliances making.
Common Places Mold Grows in Homes
As no-one wants mold growing in their homes it’s a good idea to be aware of common areas growth can occur so you can spot growth and tackle it quickly before it causes damage to your health or property.
Mold Growing in Bathroom
The bathroom is a prime place for mold growth. It’s warm, damp and there tends to be a plentiful supply of organic matter.
Mold is pretty obvious when it’s growing on your grout or shower tiles but there are plenty of other places in the bathroom that can harbor mold you might not notice it straight away.
In the bath and shower shampoo bottles, bath toys, loofa, the shower curtain and shower head or taps are all places that mold can thrive. You should also check toothbrush holders and soap caddies around the sink as well as the area around the toilet and inside the cistern.
Bathroom ceilings, walls and floors can also be prime real estate when it comes to mold, especially the area directly above the bath or shower and any rugs on the floor.
Using a ventilation fan and or opening a window can help keep your bathroom mold free providing you use it/keep it open for long enough. A dehumidifier can also be used. Keeping surfaces clean and dry and cleaning bath toys, bottles and accessories on a regular basis will also keep mold at bay.
Mold Growing in Kitchen
Like the bathroom there is a lot of water and steam in the kitchen plus the added issue of food.
Common areas to check for mold in the kitchen include under sinks as well as in and around them, in particular any sponges or caddies. Old food easily gets moldy after a while so check the back of the fridge and cupboards for forgotten leftovers or half-empty packets. Drip trays in fridges are also a prime spot as they collect water so provide the perfect moist environment.
Cutting boards are a prime spot for mold growth especially if they aren’t washed and dried properly after use. And as in all areas, windows and window sills are likely to get damp and encourage mold growth so need to be kept clean and dry.
Mold Growing in Laundry Room
Washing and drying clothes create a warm damp environment that without proper ventilation can quickly lead to mold growth. If you notice a musty smell to your clothes this could be a result of mold growing in your machine. Areas behind or under machines can also damp, dark and perfect for mold.
Mold Growing in Living Room
Mold can grow on walls and around windows in any room but living areas also have a number of other factors that could provide the perfect place for mold to grow. Paper in the form of books can stay damp for a long time encouraging mold growth, as can upholstery, curtains and carpets.</p>
<p>House plants can also be home to mold although they also help purify the air so rather than rush to get rid of them just make sure they aren’t over watered.
Mold Growing in Bedrooms
Your bedroom is the last place you want to discover mold, especially as it’s where most of us spend the most time. And while mold may not be a problem in your bedroom, especially if the humidity is well controlled there are still areas where mold can grow.
Windows and window sills are common areas for mold growth as condensation will often form on the inside of windows so it’s important to keep these areas dry. If you do notice condensation forming in bedrooms it might be worth investing in a humidifier.
Mattresses are also common places for mold to grow if you don’t look after them properly. Keeping them dry and well ventilated using a slatted bed base can help as well as keeping humidity levels in the room low.
Fireplaces and chimneys are also places you should check as they are often damp and dark.
Mold Growing in Attic
Mold can be a big problem in the attic as it can grow unnoticed for far longer than in regularly inhabited areas. Cardboard, ventilation systems and the possibility of leaking roofs are also factors that can lead to mold growth.
Mold Growing in Basement
Basements are well known for having a musty smell and that musty smell usually signifies mold. Using a dehumidifier can help to prevent mold as well as being vigilant and dealing with any damp or leaks as soon as they arise.