Ever smell something weird in your house but you’re not sure where it’s coming from? Honestly, it could be the surfaces in your home.
Any surface or substance that’s damp for a long time may begin to grow mold, and you can find those surfaces all over your home. So your bathroom, your kitchen, even your living room and bedroom are a potential breeding ground for mold — especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for!
Here are our tips on how to find mold and water damage in your home.
(Want us to handle finding the mold in your home? We can do that. Contact us.)
Mold in the kitchen is, as expected, related to lingering dampness, but with an added food factor. You might find mold around your sink, near pipes and near the floor, and maybe in your microwave or fridge.
When checking for mold in the kitchen, keep in mind that mold thrives in wet, damp, and warm areas. So check in places that may have any of those conditions for water damage or mold growth. Make sure to:
- Take out the trash regularly.
- Keep the fridge clear of old food.
- Do your dishes regularly.
- Wipe down the sink and microwave often.
- Call in the experts to if you need help with water cleanup.
In your bathroom, you’re at risk for mold in quite a few places.
In your shower, you may find mold on the lids of your shampoo bottles, in loofahs and sponges, and even your shower head, as well as in the caulking of the tub.
Your toilet and sink are next, where excess moisture and a lack of proper ventilation are the perfect recipe for mold growth. Look near the top of the bowl interior, around pipes or along the base of the faucet, and other warm or often wet areas.
Want to prevent mold growth in your bathroom?
- Ventilate the bathroom after showers and baths with a fan or by opening a window.
- Wipe down surfaces regularly.
- Switch out towels and sponges or loofahs regularly.
Living Room and Bedroom
Proper ventilation is incredibly important to prevent mold growth in your living room or bedroom. Your bed, around the air ventilation system, in the couch, or even the soil of your indoor plants are prone to mold growth if they’re not aired out enough.
Here are other ways to prevent mold growth in your living room and bedroom:
- Change and washing your bedding regularly.
- Tackle mold growth around windows immediately.
- Have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly.
- Call us if there’s mold growth around your air return system.
How to Handle Repeat Mold
If you do your due diligence with mold discovery and cleanup and still have mold growth, it may be time to call in the experts. We can inspect the problem and tell you if it’s bigger than it seems.
We have the equipment and experience to handle even the biggest mold problems (even in your attic!) — so the mold growth stops and your home and everyone in it stays healthy!