Where Mold Can be Found in Homes - Alliance
December 3, 2016

Where Mold Can be Found in Homes

Written by Alliance Environmental

Even though mold is associated with moisture and is typically found in bathrooms, there are a multitude of other areas in a home where mold can grow. Mold can enter a home through any opening, such as windows, doors, and vents and comes in a variety of colors and species. It can also be carried into an area via latching onto clothing, shoes, and pets. When staying on your toes to check for mold growth in your home, try checking these spaces as well:

  • Basements: Mold is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Therefore, they can be found where humidity levels are high. Basements are often not as ventilated as the main level of a house. This type of enclosure can contribute to an increase in the growth of mold.
  • Damp/Shady areas around the home’s perimeter: If leaves or other vegetation are decomposing close to your home, the growth can spread into any opening (even as small as a crack).
  • Ceiling tiles: Especially in the winter, make sure to consistently check your ceiling tiles for growth. Rain and early morning dew can infiltrate the home through aging roof tiles and vulnerable sections in the ceiling.
  • Ducts and vents: The air duct system in a home is a great incubator for mold growth due to its small confined spaces in an area not commonly seen and generally ignored. Since ducts cycle air throughout a home, it is important to be cautious of what you’re inhaling.
  • Plumbing and pipes: All accessible plumbing should be periodically inspected for leaks and malfunctions. Don’t forget to investigate the kitchen spaces as well as the bathrooms, as an unknown leaking pipe can lead to a plethora of mold spore growth behind walls.

 

Beware of hidden, sneaky spots!

  • Under carpet: Any pipes below the home that leak or any recent water damage to the home can start the growth of mold and expand to hidden areas under the carpet. Residents may be able to experience physical symptoms (such as allergies or headaches) despite the lack visual cues.
  • Behind the drywall, paneling, or wallpaper: These are usually confined spaces that contribute to the growth of mold. It can stay hidden for a long period of time before becoming visible on the other side of the wall. If mold growth is visible from a hidden area, the growth is already at a critical level and should be addressed immediately.

 

There are companies that are able to properly remediate mold from a home. Do NOT attempt to bleach the mold, as this can make matters worse. Some say that bleach can kill certain types of mold; however, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both do not recommend using bleach for mold. To contact a professional, licensed remediation company, call Alliance Environmental Group, Inc. at (877) 858-6220 for your free estimate today.

About Alliance Environmental

With more than 75 years of experience, Alliance Environmental Group, Inc. is one of the leading environmental contractors in California. Alliance Environmental provides innovative solutions in the areas of asbestos, lead, and mold abatement; air and HVAC duct cleaning; heat treatment for pest control; structural pasteurization; demolition and emergency response. The company has successfully completed more than 120,000 remediation projects in California and surrounding areas. For more information, go to www.alliance-enviro.com.

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