Chances are that you already know to look for mold in places that lack airflow and are high in humidity. Bathrooms and basements are likely high on your list when you are looking for signs of mold in your home. Here are six other places where mold is likely to take up space.
Behind the Walls
Mold spores grow rapidly after any event that brings moisture indoors. Since crawlspaces and interior supports are hidden from the human eye, it is important to notice any changes in odor. Musty odors might be difficult to notice, so professional mold inspectors often use a variety of techniques. One way you can check for mold behind your walls is to close windows and doors and then sniff around electrical outlets. If you smell a musty odor or any scent that seems out of place, then there is a high chance that mold is growing within your walls.
Garages and Mud Rooms
If ever there is a location that attracts moisture, it’s your garage and mudroom. Since these areas tend to already have odors that are different from those found in other regions of your home, it is likely that mold growth might go unnoticed. Check for mold in floor cracks, carpeting, mats and around doorways.
Attics and Eaves
Most people check their basements for mold because they tend to flood during major events. However, roofs and eave joints are also areas where mold can grow with vigor. Look for discoloration and evidence of leaks. Even if there is no mold present, prioritize sealing leaks to prevent future mold growth.
Your Recycling Bin
Here’s a great reason to take out your recycling. Mold grows easily on cellulose and paper products. Damp kitchen trash can lead to mold growth in your recycling bin. Stick to a recycling schedule and don’t shy away from spraying your recycling bin with bleach or other mold-mitigating substances.
A House Plant Alcove
Plants purify the air and provide greenery in the dead of winter. They also create their own humidity, so a plant alcove may have higher humidity than other areas of your home. Mold can grow along the rims of clay pots and other planters. It can also be found in plant soil. There are many different kinds of mold and plant mold growth may have little impact on your health, but be aware if mold begins to spread from plants into other areas of your home.
Your Laundry Room
If you go to the gym, it’s a good idea to wash your clothes as soon as possible. Piles of damp clothes can contribute to mold growth in areas that are typically associated with cleanliness. Look for evidence of mold along seals, cracks and appliance drip pans.
Mold can take up residence anywhere your house holds moisture. If you see mold, then it may have already impacted your health or your home’s structure. The best prevention is to keep an eye on mold-prone areas before the problem becomes overwhelming.