No matter what time of year it is, Florida is often dismally humid or liable to rain on one’s parade. But while the moisture can, in some cases, provide mild relief from the insistent heat, there are other detriments that come as part of the package: flooding and mold.
What’s more, “wetted materials need to be dried within 48 hours of getting wet or subsequently removed,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains in terms of mold safety and prevention.
But what if you don’t know it’s there in the first place? If this remains a prominent mold and moisture concern for you as autumn blows its way in, don’t worry. We’re here with a comprehensive list of areas around your home to check…
- Paying Attention to Plumbing and Piping
The pipes and plumbing throughout your home may be especially prone to leaks if they have gone for extended periods of time without maintenance. Moreover, plumbing usually resides behind walls, beneath the floor, or hidden behind cabinets — all of which foster a dark environment throughout which the moisture may nurture mold spores into wild growth.
- Watching Your Windows and Doorframes
From your bedroom windows to the frame of your patio door, cracks and air leaks around these openings pose a problem when they not only increase your energy bill but permit small outdoor spores to pass inside, all undetected. Particularly where the cool and warm air meets along these edges, condensation will collect. Thus, you may notice more visible growth in these areas.
- Having a Peek at Your HVAC System
From the evaporator coil and drip pan to the fans and ductwork itself, your HVAC system is not only liable to grow mold — it’s liable to spread it throughout your home. This may also be increasingly likely if you leave your fan in the “ON” position as opposed to “AUTO.”
- Always Look Up in the Attic
If your roof takes damage during the annual storms and hurricanes, your attic may subsequently feel the damage. Especially if the flashing and/or other waterproofing components become vulnerable to the elements, water will drip its way in, thereby causing moisture intrusion throughout the wood, insulation, and other property items stored in the attic.
- Catching the Carpeting
Your carpet is especially good at hiding any present pollutants from your sight, mold spores being one such example. After all, not only might you spill beverages and other food items on the carpeting of your home, but the material itself will also trap particles that you track in from outside, so be sure to remove your shoes and vacuum regularly.
- Tackling Tile Grout
Just because you have tile as opposed to carpeting does not mean that you are necessarily safe from monstrous mold growth beneath your feet. In this case, the grout will be the culprit to your mildewy woes, as it will also collect extraneous particles in addition to moisture when it comes to your kitchen and bathroom.
- Sneaking Into Storage Areas
Be it your garage, a storage closet, or another nook that remains out of sight and out of mind, be careful that the humidity does not prove too invasive. From wooden structures in the garage to old piles of paperwork stuffed in a closet, mold likes to munch on softer materials that can retain moisture and oxygen, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so be vigilant about keeping these areas clean and dry.
- Passing a Glance for Your Potted Plants
Are your plants overwatered just a little too frequently? Or did you leave them outside for a few days, only to later drag them back onto an indoor windowsill? Be careful that mold spores have not unwittingly made their home in the soil while your eyes were averted, as the contaminants will continue to grow alongside — or to the detriment of — the plant.
- Don’t Ignore Your Home Decor
Just like your carpet, the softer items found in your home (like furniture, curtains, and more) are apt to absorb the moisture and mold spores that may wind up diffused through a window or the HVAC system. We recommend cleaning spills immediately and keeping an eye out for discolored patches growing along the fabric.
- Checking Within the Chimney
Has the waterproofing of your chimney failed, thereby allowing outdoor pollutants to rain their way down? Has excess moisture become trapped in the dark recesses of the structure amidst the passing spring and summer? Be careful. While the chimney may sit forgotten until winter winds its way back into our lives, that doesn’t mean it has gone forgotten by eager mold spores.
“Microbes propagate rapidly wherever water is available,” as specified by the World Health Organization (WHO). “The dust and dirt normally present in most indoor spaces provide sufficient nutrients to support extensive microbial growth.”
In short, you can never be too careful when it comes to beating mold growth in and around your home. The key, of course, is to be proactive in terms of both prevention and detection.
And if you need a little help? Well, the answer is simple: It’s time to reach out to Discreet Air Quality! We offer an array of indoor environmental services, ranging from mold assessments to property assessments and more.
So, are you ready to get started and end the game of hide-and-seek with mold? Then contact us today by calling 754-702-7019!