Mold is known as the “silent killer”. Depending on what type of mold you have, it can be toxic and cause major health problems. It’s called the “silent” killer because it’s one of those problems that tends to happen without you even realizing it. Mold can grow in spots that we don’t typically think to look in, meaning that by the time you find the mold, you may already have potentially irreversible health issues. In order to avoid mold wreaking havoc with your health and your home, be sure to check these spots for mold and mold damage.
Under Your Sink
Did you know that mold can begin to grow as quickly as 24 to 48 hours after water damage occurs? This means that if your pipes are leaking underneath your sink without your knowledge, you could end up with a mold problem very quickly. Try checking under your bathroom and kitchen sinks at least once a month to see if your pipes are leaking. If they are, you need to get them fixed right away so that you don’t end up with mold.
Unused or Closed Off Rooms
If you have a room in your home that you don’t use, especially if it typically stays warm and damp, you should check it frequently because this is an ideal environment for mold to grow in. Rooms that stay closed off are susceptible to mold growth for several reasons. First, if a room is closed off, moisture tends to stay trapped in there (especially if it’s warm). It’s important to ventilate rooms effectively. Secondly, if it’s a room you don’t use or enter very often, it’s easy to miss signs of mold growth or water damage. Check unused rooms frequently and consider running a dehumidifier.
Bathtubs and Showers
Speaking of moisture, can you guess which room in your house stays moist and warm most of the time? That’s right, it’s your bathroom. A warm shower or bath at the end of the day is nice and relaxing, but unfortunately, it also provides an ideal environment for mold to grow and thrive. And not just on your bathroom fixtures, either. The bottoms of shampoo and body wash bottles can grow mold easily, as can your shower curtain. Wiping down the walls of your shower with a squeegee can eliminate some of the problematic moisture. Be sure to close your shower curtain after a shower as well. Leaving it open and bunched up can inhibit its ability to dry, which will lead to more mold. Try running a fan while you shower to avoid too much steam building up in your bathroom.
If the temperatures inside and outside your home are drastically different, condensation can occur on your windows, and that condensation can lead to mold on your windowsill before you know it. Windowsill mold can be hard to spot. It may appear as just a slight discoloration at the base of your window. Window leaks can also contribute to mold growth. If your windows are consistently growing mold, it may be time to look into replacing them.
Have You Found Mold in Your Home?
Is there mold damage anywhere in your home? Contact Americon Restoration for help! Our expert team can help remove the mold and ensure that your family stays safe. We know you may have concerns about COVID-19 and we want to assure you that we are doing everything in our power to keep our employees and our customers healthy and safe. Americon Restoration is taking all necessary precautions before entering our customers’ homes. We want you and your family to feel safe and stay healthy! Please contact us through our website or by phone at (216) 221-5200.