Top 4 Hidden Places You Might Find Mold in Your HomeFebruary 21, 2018 10:30 am
When you think of mold, you probably envision dark and moist places such as attics and crawl spaces under your home. This makes sense, since we know mold spores need the right conditions to proliferate. However, there are some hidden places in your house that you’d probably never associate with mold. Here is what you need to look for.
1. Refrigerator Drip Pans
These pans are used to collect condensation flowing from our refrigerators, and they’re usually located at the bottom of the unit. Other than condensation, they often collect spilled food. Combine that with some bad air circulation under the refrigerator, and you get a potential breeding ground for mold.
Drip pans should be cleaned out once a year. Water and white vinegar are perfect for this task. In order to be safe, remember to spray some of this solution on the flooring under the pan as well.
2. Washing Machines
Due to their high efficiency, front-load washing machines are all the rage these days. Unfortunately, they’re also infamous for mold growth. The main culprit is the gasket around the door. Other than being wet all the time, it never gets to dry out, as most people simply close the door whenever the machine is not in use. As you might imagine, this is a perfect atmosphere for mold growth.
If you’ve found mold in the gasket, use a bleach solution to eradicate it. The best way to make sure it doesn’t come back is to wipe the gasket after every wash. Alternatively, you can allow the gasket to dry up by leaving the door open after running a load.
3. Window Sills
Most of us don’t give our window sills the time of day, and that’s probably a mistake. They’re often exposed to moisture condensation, and the only time they get proper air flow is during the summer, when the windows are open. Over time, the grooves of the sills will accumulate a lot of dirt, allowing mold spores to grow undisturbed.
The prevention method is simple enough: wipe down your windows every time you notice a lot of condensation. The window tracks should also be cleaned from time to time, as they’re the mold’s main food source.
If your chimney isn’t capped off properly, it will absorb a certain amount of water from snow and rain. Plus, if the water is getting in, so are the leaves and other organic materials. Add the porous brick and mortar surfaces, and it’s easy to see why mold in the chimney might become a problem.
If you’re not sure whether you have anything to worry about, simply inspect your chimney. If the top is not covered as it should be, you might be dealing with mold. Your best course of action would be to close the top properly and immediately contact a professional mold testing company like Coastline Environmental Solutions.
To learn more about hidden mold in your home or to speak to a professional about testing for mold, please get in touch with us immediately!
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]