Part of being a homeowner is being as vigilant as possible, and mold is the perfect example. If left unchecked, mold can easily spread throughout the home, causing health issues for you and your family, and potentially necessitating an expensive mold remediation project. The best asset you have as a homeowner is to check the home regularly to try and catch the issue before it gets out of hand. Here are some of the key areas where you can start your mold inspection.
- The Bathroom: Remember, mold requires moisture to grow, and there are few areas that get as much moisture as a bathroom. The major contributors that can lead to mold are a lack of ventilation within the bathroom, and this can lead to mold growing on obvious areas like the shower tiles, as well as in less common areas like the surface of the sink and toilet or even within the walls.
- The Basement: Many home basements are naturally dark and can occasionally get some slight flooding or leaks in heavy rain conditions—the perfect combination when it comes to breeding mold. Be sure to check your basement regularly to ensure that mold doesn’t have a chance to grow.
- The Attic: Many mold issues in the attic stem from roof leaks. The reason for this is twofold. First, leaks in the roof allow rainwater to be absorbed into the various layers of the roof. However, leaks also make it easier for the humidity naturally occurring within the home to go into the attic. This combination allows mold to grow, and it could potentially spread to other rooms if you move items in storage within the attic to other parts of the house.
- Windowsills: Again, the main reason that mold appears on windowsills is that these are natural sources for condensation, which provides the moisture that mold needs to live. Take a moment to wipe sills and sashes after each rainstorm so that mold doesn’t have a chance to grow.
One area where you need to be especially careful when checking for mold is flood/water damage scenarios. This can include a prolonged leak in the gutter/foundation or burst pipes. When these issues happen, it makes it possible for moisture to get into hidden parts of the residence, leading to mold growing in areas that can be difficult to reach, such as behind the walls. Here is some basic guidance that you can use after one of these issues takes place to keep an eye out for mold.
For starters, if you’re dealing with flooding, make sure that you follow basic safety practices for re-entering a home, like making sure the electricity in the home is turned off and that you wear protective gear before entering. Floodwater brings a lot of different contaminants into the home. If the waters have receded, you can begin looking for mold in earnest.
Mold can grow as early as 48 hours after initial contact with water, so the sooner you act, the better. Good areas to start looking are on and under furniture as well as floors. However, just about any surface exposed to moisture can grow mold. This is why when dealing with flooding, it’s best to pay professionals for a full inspection.
After you’ve identified the areas where mold may develop in your home, you want to make sure that the remediation begins as soon as possible, but this is easier said than done. If you have more questions about mold remediation, be sure to look at our all-purpose guide on the subject (Think You Need Home Mold Remediation?).
Certain areas can be extremely difficult to reach on your own, and you want to make sure that you handle the situation properly. The perfect resource for these needs is Total Care Restoration. Not only do we believe in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means that we have the skills and experience to help with mold remediation in even the hardest-to-reach parts of your home.