Mold is a frustrating problem for many homeowners. Cleaning mold only for it to grow again and again is something many homeowners have come to accept. Unfortunately, conditions that encourage mold growth are to be found in many places around the home and even outside of the home if it has heavy tree cover. Most people will clean what they can see not knowing that mold hides very well in unexpected places. Mold spores spread very easily and keep the mold growing. A mold removal specialist is the best option in fighting mold, but it is best to know where the mold is likely to grow to point out the problem easier.
A chimney that is not properly covered is very likely to let in snow and water. Organic debris that comes in like dry leaves and insects make the conditions for mold growth even better. Sometimes the brick and mortar can also be porous making the chimney insides damp, warm, and hard to kill mold.
Chimneys should be properly covered, checked for leakages and regularly cleaned to prevent mold growth. You can call your local roof repair company in Suffolk County NY
Condensation is very common in AC units. The dust and pollen that is sucked in further encourage the growth of mold. If the AC is not running regularly, the mold is likely to grow in the still damp air. Mold growth in HVAC vents spreads fast as the spores are pushed around by the floating air.
AC units should be run for at least 10 minutes daily to prevent mold spores growing and spreading. Air quality testing can also help identify mold growth in HVAC vents.
Refrigerator drip pans
Drip pans are perfect for mold growth as they are continuously damp. The collecting moisture and food spills are good conditions for mold spores. Drip pans are usually hidden away and hard to notice so mold growth is unlikely to be noticed. Mold growth in drip pans can be prevented by regular cleaning with a mixture of vinegar or bleach and water.
Attics are poorly ventilated in many instances. A lot of dust also accumulates in the space. When there are leaks in the roof, the moisture coming into the attic encourages mold growth. Mold growth in the attic can be avoided by having proper air ventilation. The roof should also be regularly checked for leaks.
The constant moisture in the washing machine and the poor air circulation makes it ripe for mold growth. The gasket on the door of a front loading washing machine is wet when the machine is running. When the washing is done, many people will rarely leave the door open for the insides and the door gasket to dry out. Mold growth is common which is felt by the odor that comes from many washing machines.
Mold growth in the washing machine can be prevented by drying out the insides and the door with a cloth after washing. The door should also be left open for proper air ventilation after using the machine.
Liquid spills, pet droppings, and food spills are usual happenings around the house. This makes the carpet constantly damp and susceptible to mold growth. The dampness can go unnoticed if it is in hidden spaces like under the sofa or table. Most people will suspect of mold growth in the carpet after smelling a damp odor. Unfortunately, by this time, mold has grown.
Mold abatement in the carpet is easy with constant vacuuming. In a house with kids and pets, the homeowner should be on constant lookout for food and liquid spills, and pet droppings.
Dish holders are rarely washed out. In many cases, the dishes are taken out, used, washed and stacked again. This makes the dish holder constantly damp and ripe for mold growth. The dish holder should be regularly cleaned with a bleach solution to keep away mold spores.
Windows sills and sashes
Windows are exposed to rain and dirt on the outside. There is also air condensation on the inside as warm air meets the cold surface of the glass. This is a good environment for mold growth. Windows that are rarely used will most likely have mold growing on them. This can be avoided by regular cleaning and opening of windows.
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