Perhaps you’ve already checked out the obvious in terms of water spots and ceiling vents when it comes to making sure you’re properly mitigating mold.
But that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. If you smell mildew or are continuing to combat pervasive indoor moisture, it may be time to take a more proactive approach in searching for mold in your home.
And if you’re not sure where to start, we recommend checking out these top five spaces first:
- Your Kitchen
Did you know that research conducted by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) concluded that the kitchen bears the highest concentration of bacteria and microbial growth in the home?
Be it leaking pipes beneath your sink, a long-forgotten kitchen sponge, or leftover food particles that have fallen between the cracks in both the literal and figurative sense, you should attend to your kitchen first when on the hunt for mold.
- Your Bathroom
Another area that is replete with moisture and darkened nooks and crannies, your bathroom provides an ideal environment for mold growth. Additionally, the bathroom may have many similar problems to that of the kitchen with regard to damp or moisture-collecting products, malfunctioning pipes, and more.
Thus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends optimizing the ventilation in your bathroom spaces as a means of reducing moisture and mold/mildew growth.
- Your Attic
How often do you think to look up? If you smell mold and mildew but cannot seem to find the cause in your general living spaces, it just might be time to investigate your attic.
Not only can your attic generally accumulate moisture over time by virtue of colliding indoor and outdoor air, but roof leaks and poor weather conditions may contribute to gradual water damage. Additionally, improper ventilation — which may be more common in new homes — may exacerbate this issue.
- Your Carpeting
“Wall-to-wall carpeting, as well as area rugs, can provide an ample breeding ground for mold if conditions are right,” the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) reports.
After all, it’s the fibers of a carpet that are apt to collect dust and other food sources that prompt mold growth — all in addition to absorbing moisture from leaks and spills. And to add insult to injury, it may be difficult to discern the presence of mold if your carpet is a dark color.
- Your Walls
Last but not least, you may be displeased to hear that your walls are potential culprits for mold growth, no matter the room in your home. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your wallpaper, dry wall, or wall paneling may all be providing cover for hidden mold.
Consequently, we recommend that you increase your home’s ventilation and commit to regular HVAC maintenance as a means of avoiding moisture accumulation both on and beneath the surface of your walls.
That all being said, the best way to know for sure whether or not you may be at risk of mold exposure at home is to call an indoor air quality team, such as Discreet Air Quality!
With over 27 years’ worth of experience in providing comprehensive indoor environmental services, we can offer you expert answers as well as a detailed guide on what next steps to take. To learn more or schedule your mold investigation today, contact Discreet Air Quality by calling (754) 702-7019!