The sudden appearance of mold may be no shock to a modern homeowner. Many homes contain the ingredients required for growth: the presence of spores, a sustainable surface where the mold can develop, and not to mention warmth, darkness, and good old oxygen. For this reason, common forms of this fungi can show their face when incorporating moisture into the mix.
All the while, the presence of mold is a hazard to one’s health—and preventing and treating any possible problems is key. Besides the obvious places like basements or attics, do you know where to look for mold growth not visible to the human eye? Let’s take a closer look at a few hidden places in your home where you might find mold. Here are some main sources to keep a close watch on.
Household Appliances: Seals, Drains, and Drip Pans
Numerous household appliances used daily or weekly can retain moisture—and where there’s moisture, there’s a perfect breeding ground for mold. Anytime you do a load of laundry, fill the dishwasher, or open the refrigerator door, look out for possible growth on any seals, drip pans, or coils.
Keep washing machines open when not in use. Otherwise, thoroughly wipe out the gasket and glass before shutting the door. Be sure to wipe down and clean the condensation trays or water dispensers from your fridge from time to time as well. Don’t forget about other food-centric zones where splatters and spillages can occur, such as stoves or microwaves. If you do spot mold, hot water and an inhibiting cleaning solution can nip the growth right in the bud.
Window Sills, Seals, or Frames
Windows are another on the list of hidden places in your home where you might find mold prevalently. Why windows? The number one reason is wet or humid conditions—and inefficient airflow—throughout seasonal changes. As the weather patterns shift in your local area, keep an eye on the sills and seals for leaks, cracks, or an increase in condensation. The joints that meet the glass and frame together are prime locations for mold growth.
Take the time to examine your window sills and their current conditions. You can minimize the risk for fungi infestation by regularly cleaning accumulated dirt, dust, and moisture from the tracks and grooves.
Beneath Wallpaper or Behind the Drywall
The dilemma with mold growth on or behind walls is that many homeowners are unlikely to know that it’s actually there. Matter-of-fact, a lack of insulation—or poorly-installed insulation—is one common cause of mold growth in one’s living spaces. An inadequate seal or barrier from external sources of moisture can cause the presence of mold in the drywall.
Don’t forget about what possibly lies underneath the wallpaper. To keep mold properly at bay, always prime before fresh drywall or wallpaper installation, and avoid placing decorative paper around in moist interior spaces, such as bathrooms or basements. At the end of the day, homeowners can better take control of this household hassle with proper diligence and response.