Mold is something we all expect to find in moist and dark areas of our households, such as attics, crawl spaces, or basements. However, there is plenty of other places mold may be growing in your home that you may not be aware of unless you do some searching.
Mold will make you sick and also cause a variety of health issues ranging from allergies and asthma to fungal poisoning. Below are a few places mold spores could thrive so you understand what to look for.
People don’t often spend much time inspecting their window sills, however, they are a prime location for mold to begin and spread. Your window sills are constantly exposed to condensation moisture, and they only receive an adequate flow of air during the summer season when the windows are always open. The debris that collects in the cracks of the sills provides valuable food for spores, which can grow quickly. To avoid mold in the window sills, make sure to clean windows when there is a lot of condensation.
Condensation is once again to blame. Furthermore, the exterior air that AC units draw in contains debris and pollen-attracting materials for mold. Mold spores are also more likely to be found in machines that have been inactive for a long duration of time.
Prevent mold by operating your air conditioner each day, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. Whenever not in use, remove the machine and store it in a dry area if possible. If you suspect your air conditioner has mold, either consider removing it from the window yourself or hire an expert to do so.
Depending on how well the chimney is capped, it may absorb a significant amount of moisture from snow and rain. Furthermore, it is likely that leaves or other natural materials are going to enter the space, all of which combine to create ideal conditions for mold growth. The porous layers of bricks and mortar exacerbate the situation. To help stop mold and mildew in your chimney, ensure the top is properly covered.
Mold grows best in moist, warm, and dark conditions, such as those found beneath most bathrooms and kitchen sinks. To stop mold from spreading, inspect these places for condensation and plumbing leakages and thoroughly clean the inside of the cabinets underneath the sink with a bleach solution.
Although popular new front-load washers are highly efficient, they are known for off-odors caused by mold growth. When the washer is operating, the gasket all around the door is constantly wet and doesn’t dry out since the door is normally closed when the washer isn’t in use. It thus creates an ideal environment for mold to develop. You could either keep the door open after spinning a load to allow the gasket to completely dry, or you could wipe the gasket clean after washing.
Keeping track of mildew and mold in your household will help to make it a safer environment to live in. When it comes to preventing mold damage in St. Louis Park, Restoration 1 of Greater Minneapolis offers the assistance you require quickly. Call us today.