Check These Spots in Your House for Hidden Mold
When you clean your home, you probably have it down to some type of routine: Tidying up and wiping down set spots in each room. But if that's the case, it means that you might be missing some hidden mold growth. Here are the spots you should check on a regular basis to make sure that's not happening.
What causes mold to grow?
Mold can grow indoors or outdoors, as long as there's moisture. It's really not too picky about the surface, and can be found on or in wallpaper, bathroom tiles, grout, cardboard, ceiling tiles, paper products, upholstery, drywall, fabric, wood, insulation, dust, paint, and carpet. Mold is especially common anywhere that has flooded, or near leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes.
Signs of hidden mold
Although the mold may not be in plain sight, there are signs to look for that indicate that it's probably lurking somewhere. These include:
A damp, musty smell
Allergy or asthma flare-ups
Bubbling or peeling paint
Hidden spots to check for mold in your home
If you suspect you have hidden mold--or simply want to check for it as a precaution--here are some of the places it tends to grow:
Window frames, and the entire area around windows
The surface of walls behind furniture
Under the kitchen and bathroom sink
Under and around the water heater
Inside the air conditioner
Around the dishwasher
Inside filing cabinets
Under and behind the refrigerator and water line
On washing machine seals
Under floor mats
In potted plants
Around the toilet base
Shower and tub areas
In or around the toothbrush holder
Find some hidden mold? Here are a few different ways to get rid of it.
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