Most homeowners tend to neglect testing their homes for mold. It’s often a mistake that ends up costing homeowners more than it should. It’s also something that could have been avoided with proper testing.
There are several reasons for having mold testing performed in your home. These are some of it:
- Noticeable sign of mold such as smell or other symptoms
- Properly identifying the species of mold
- Properly locate where the mold is growing
- Testing the indoor air quality through spore measurement
- Testing any trace remnants of mold in a home
Today, we’re going to focus on checking for visible mold–like specified places where mold is usually found. By doing periodic checks in these areas, there’s a higher percentage of finding and stopping a mold problem before it gets worse.
Check Your Basement
Often, this is the first place homeowners must check for any visible signs of mold. It’s location is prime for moisture and humidity to develop. This is something that is quite ideal for mold.
It’s best to check for mold after heavy rain. If there’s any water seepage that occurred during the rain, it’s best to clean that up right away. Always check the baseboards, the walls (particularly the area where they meet the ceiling), and behind or under appliances like a washer or dryer.
Check Your Utility Rooms or Cupboards
Spaces that are often kept closed have a higher chance of having mold than those that are aired out. It’s best to check cabinets under the sink.
When areas are not properly ventilated, it can start build-up of humidity. It’s also the absence of light that helps moisture build-up as well. So a periodic checking of the small enclosed spaces in a home is a good way to check for visible mold.
A good way to avoid mold from growing is to habitually airing out cupboards or enclosed spaces.
Check Your Windows
When homes aren’t suitably insulated, windows often become prime homes for condensation and eventual mold growth. So it’s important to touch around all the windows and do an up close inspection of window panes and the wooden panels around it.
Check Any Areas That Received Any Form Of Water Damage
If a home has recently been the recipient of water damage, it’s best to assume that mold growth will be occurring within the next few hours or days.
Inspecting baseboards and flooring for any excess moisture and drying it out helps avoid mold. If any carpeting got wet, it’s best to take it out for cleaning and treatment. If a pipe had recently burst, treat all water-damaged areas to avoid mold.
Inspect Your Shower Curtains
When people wash up, the dirt and grime that’s on them is mixed with shampoo and soap residue. This mixture often ends up builds up on the shower curtains and promotes the growth of mold.
When inspecting your shower curtain, it’s best to do it in a well-lit area. Spread out the curtain and check the entirety of its surface. When there are mold patches spotted, it’s best to clean that before it spreads. It’s best to swap out any shower curtains regularly.
Inspect Ceiling Corners and Vents
Do periodic inspections of the junctions of your walls and ceilings. That space is the prime location for mold growth as it effectively traps water from leaks that start from the roof.
It’s best to inspect every corner junction of a room. If there’s any spots of where the wallpaper is peeling, it’s best to take that as a sign of moisture build up and even perhaps mold growth.
As for vents, when homeowners switch between heating and cooling, moisture can build up. So it’s important to periodically remove the vent plate from the duct and look at it closely.