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Where to Watch Out for Mold Growth in Your Home

Mold can be a dangerous thing- for the health of your home, but more importantly, for your family. It’s discrete, and lurks in some unsuspected places.

  • Refrigerator Drip Pans: Spills, leaks, & moisture create the perfect environment for mold to grow in
  • Under carpet & on carpet pad: Especially if those may have become wet at any time, or have had pet waste or dirt on them.
  • Wallpaper: You might not know if there’s mold behind it until after you start to remove it. If it’s older and/or peeling, the chances are even higher.
  • Dishes: Even if dishes are still a bit moist when you put them away, they have the opportunity to grow mold on them; especially if you don’t use them often.
  • Around windows that leak (sills, seals, & sashes) or wallboard: Condensation from rain is prevalent right around windows.
  • Air conditioners & units: These trap spores, dust, pollen, and dirt, and when combined with moisture, it’s simply a recipe for mold.
  • Basements that have been flooded: Basements have a way of being the perfect place to grow mold: they’re dark, damp, and usually a cooler temperature. They trap in moisture as well.
  • Chimneys: Especially if the chimney hasn’t been cleaned recently or shut fully
  • Behind walls that contain plumbing
  • Front-loading washing machines: The gasket in the door stays wet because the door is typically shut when it’s not in use.
  • Underneath sinks: Especially if there is any possibility of moisture from leaks.
  • Stacks of newspapers or boxes
  • Attic: If you see any leaks in your ceiling below the attic, the leak is most likely coming from the attic.

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