Remember the first time you discovered a patch of smelly, slimy, disgusting mold under your sink? Despite being regarded by many as a minor nuisance, mold is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, did you know that mold is linked to a number of serious health ailments, including asthma, chronic bronchitis, and even death?
If you're one of the millions of homeowners suffering from household mold, the removal of such should be right at the top of your agenda. But before you can get rid of mold, first you must locate it. Here are three of the most common locations for mold to grow in the home:
It's no secret that mold loves moisture.That's why the bathroom should be one of the first places you check on your hunt for household mold. Although it's not uncommon to find mold growing in the grout or drain of your shower, the area beneath the sink should be inspected as well. It is also worth noting that mold may be present even if you can't see it. Because mold starts out as a microorganism, an incipient mold colony will be effectively invisible to the naked eye. Even the bathroom ceiling itself could be playing home to thousands of microscopic spores.
Dark, dank, and often humid, the basement is another common area for mold particles to set up shop, so to speak. Although the most obvious spot to check is around your water pipes, a crack in the home's foundation is often a telltale sign that mold is present. As water gradually seeps in from the ground around your home, opportunistic mold spores will begin to grow in the cracks themselves, eventually expanding their colony into the basement proper.
Although the attic seems like an unlikely spot for mold to grow, the raw, untreated wood that makes up the inside of most attics can act as an ideal food source for mold. Unfortunately, this coupled with the often high moisture content of an attic allows even a diminutive mold colony to flourish in a relatively short period of time. In order to avoid mold taking over your home from the top down, make the attic stop number three on your search for invasive mold.
All in all, it is important to note that an amateur mold inspection is no substitute for one done by a professional. And what's more, a trained mold remediation expert is capable of mold removal in all areas of the home, allowing you to avoid the possible bodily infection or regrowth that often results from a slapdash amateur job. Treat yourself to the health and peace of mind that comes hand in hand with a professional mold inspection and removal job; you'll be glad you did.
Contact a service like Dri Pro Restoration to learn more.