There are a few common places mold grows that every homeowner or renter should know so that they can remove it before it spreads further.
Mold growing inside your home is bad news. On top of its disturbing look, breathing in spores can be extremely harmful and detrimental to your health. Knowing where to look and how to spot it can make all the difference.
Learn more about the common places mold likes to grow below.
What are the Most Common Places Mold Grows?
Mold can grow in just about any room inside of your house. Contrary to popular belief, mold does not contain itself to just basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. While mold does love those places (because they often have stagnant water), they are not the only places you will find mold growth. Here are the most frequent places mold grows:
BATHROOM — Mold is most often found in bathrooms because there are multiple water sources, and it is dark and humid. These characteristics make for ideal mold breeding grounds. When looking for mold in your bathroom, make sure to check around the base bathtub and toilet, on your bathroom rug, toothbrush holders, towels, and in the cabinets beneath the sink. Keeping these areas dry and clean will help lessen the chances of finding mold in your bathroom.
LAUNDRY ROOM — Whether it is behind your washing machines, inside of your washer, or in the wet, dirty clothes and towel pile, mold is often found inside your laundry room. Keep mold away by allowing any damp fabric to dry thoroughly before tossing in a big pile, drying out your washing machine with a clean towel or by leaving the lid/door open, and conducting regular checks for mold.
KITCHEN — Another place mold thrives, and where you want it the least, is inside your kitchen. Make sure you regularly check the seals of your kitchen appliances, such as your fridge and dishwasher. We suggest frequent cleaning of these appliances (inside and out!) and making sure they are dry after each use. Additionally, like bathrooms, you should check out the area below your sink often.
ATTICS AND BASEMENTS — Between the dust, lack of ventilation and light, and leaky pipes or roofs, attics and basements are like magnets for mold growth. Keep the mold at bay by ensuring your basement nor attic have any external leaks or plumbing issues.
BEDROOMS — One room you certainly do not want mold in is your bedroom where you sleep! Unfortunately, it can grow inside of the pillows we rest our heads on. If your mattress or pillows are old, they have probably soaked up plenty of sweat over the years and could be the perfect growing spot for mold.
FAMILY AND LIVING ROOMS AND HOME OFFICES — While these rooms are not the first place you would consider to look for mold, it can happen. Areas with piles of papers or lots of books can be susceptible to mold if they become damp. Papers and books that are wet can grow mold, which can be very challenging to remediate. Additionally, potted plants in these rooms that are overwatered can be the perfect place for mold to grow.
Contact Rapid Response Restoration
It is important to check common places mold grows periodically to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe. If you find mold growing in your home, it is crucial to contact a professional mold remediation specialist sooner rather than later. The skilled technicians at Rapid Response Restoration are Utah County’s local remediation experts and serve Orem, Provo, and the surrounding area. We are available 24/7, so contact us!