Don’t let mold make its home in your home. Check out our latest blog post to learn 4 unexpected hiding places for mold, how to stop mold from growing, and the importance of your home’s IAQ.
Mold is everywhere. Trace amounts found in the air and on many surfaces have little to no effect on the average person. However, mold can cause problems for some people.
Exposure to mold may cause a variety of health effects or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds, and some people aren’t. For the people who are, molds can cause nasal congestion, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, or skin irritation.
Whether you’re sensitive to it or not, mold isn’t good for your home. With these helpful tips, you’ll be more prepared to thwart the growth of mold in your home and prevent it from coming back.
Dangers of Mold
Mold can cause health problems. It also smells bad and causes unsightly stains. It’s also a sign that your home could be in danger. Mold’s cousin, decay fungi, causes structural damage to your home. The presence of mold means the conditions are probably right for decay fungi.
In addition to potential structural damage, mold is bad for your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). When your indoor air quality is compromised, your risk of health complications rises. We can’t stress the importance of good indoor air quality enough.
Don’t be complacent. If you discover the presence of mold in your home or even the signs that facilitate mold growth, be sure to take action.
Where to Look & What to Look For
The perfect environment for mold to grow consists of humidity, stagnant air, and warm temperatures. If you ever find sitting water in your home, dry it up and check the area frequently to ensure mold doesn’t start to grow. Be on the lookout for mold in the obvious places.
If you are having trouble finding mold, use your nose. Mold, stagnant air, and sitting water all have distinct smells that can lead you to the source of the problem. If something smells wrong inside your home, find the source of the smell and take appropriate, immediate action!
4 Unexpected Hiding Places for Mold
Brick crevices collect water, dirt, and other organic debris, facilitating the perfect environment for mold to grow. Moreover, rusted chimney caps and faulty flashing lets in rain and snow, which encourages mold to grow.
The best way to combat this is to call a chimney sweep to clean your chimney thoroughly. An annual investment of $100-300 not only removes mold but also gets rid of dangerous creosote.
2. Refrigerator Drip Pans
Many people haven’t heard of a refrigerator drip pan before, so they wouldn’t expect this to be a place for mold to grow. The drip pan on your refrigerator is a receptacle that catches condensation flowing from the defrost drain in your freezer to the outside of the refrigerator, which means the undetected moisture creates a perfect environment for mold to grow.
Get rid of and prevent mold from growing in this hidden space by cleaning your drip pan once a year. Spray the pan with a hydrogen peroxide solution (1 teaspoon peroxide per 1 cup of water). Wipe the pan clean with a rag soaked in white vinegar. Also, clean the floor beneath the pan.
3. Front-Loading Washing Machines
The gasket around the door on front-loading washing machines often stays wet because the door is usually closed when not in use. When lint is added to the moisture, mold has the food it needs to grow and thrive.
Get rid of the mold by wiping the gasket and glass dry before shutting the door. If you find mold, run a hot water wash with just chlorine bleach (no clothes), which will kill the fungi.
4. Air Conditioners
Air conditioning units trap dust and pollen and grab moisture from the air, which creates the perfect environment for mold growth. If you don’t run your AC unit often in warm weather, your home’s humidity level rises and can help mold grow in AC ducts, drain pains, and coils.
The best way to combat mold in your air conditioner is prevention. Running your air conditioner regularly and monitoring your home’s humidity are best practices for preventing mold from growing. Additionally, professional maintenance keeps your unit free of mold and operating at peak efficiency.
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We can’t stress enough how important it is to manage your indoor air quality to lower your family’s risk of the negative health consequences of poor IAQ. Poor indoor air quality can exacerbate allergies and asthma, as well as cause other health conditions.
As your local HVAC experts, we’re here to help you prevent mold in your home and improve your home’s indoor air quality. Give us a call to learn more about the importance of your home’s indoor air quality, how you can improve it, and what we can do to help.