Top 5 Overlooked Places Mold Grows
Although we usually equate mold to dark and damp basements, mold is insidious and can grow in places you least expect it. Mold can grow exponentially within 24 hours of being exposed to moisture and spread quickly.
Below are some common places mold forms that you may not be aware
- Under Your Refrigerator
The spaces behind and under your fridge rarely see the light of day. Even a small leak can lead to a huge mold problem. Make sure to clean all water lines and drip pans and clean behind and underneath your refrigerator regularly.
Brick crevices can collect water, dirt, and other debris. Rusted chimney caps and faulty flashing can let in rain and snow. Replace rusted caps and fix flashing to help decrease the likelihood of mold. Additionally, getting your chimney swept by a professional at least once a year can help lower your chances of mold. If you have already discovered mold, a licensed mold specialist can remove the it for you.
- Front-Loading Washing Machines
Front-loading washing machines are great but can be a potential home for mold. The gasket on the door often stays wet because the door is usually closed when not in use. It is best to wipe the gasket and glass dry before shutting the door. If you do spot mold, run a hot water cycle with some chlorine bleach and no clothes to kill the fungi.
Even top loading washing machines can accumulate moisture and form mold. Make sure to check behind and underneath your washer and dryer regularly to make sure there is no extra moisture or leaks.
Always clean out your lint tray to prevent a fire hazard.
- Window Seals
When it rains, condensation accumulates, and moisture is left behind long after the rain has stopped. This provides a perfect nesting spot for mold to settle in. After heavy rains, open your windows and wipe the moisture off the windowsills. Replace any broken seals if you notice water has leaked into the wood and walls.
- Air Conditioners
Air conditioning units trap dust and pollen and grab moisture from the air. If you don’t run your AC unit at least once every 24 hours, warm weather humidity gives mold a chance to grow. If mold grows in your air conditioning unit, you will need a mold specialist to come and clean it out.
If you suspect you may have mold, call the experts at SERVPRO of West Erie County. We can handle any situation, large or small, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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