As you probably know by now, mold is not just an aesthetic problem in your home but could very well affect our health. Some strains of mold can be very toxic and cause issues ranging from respiratory issues to neurological ones like lack of concentration, forgetfulness, etc.
It’s common knowledge that mold grows in moist and dark places, so we usually make sure we check the attic, the basement and the unreachable corners of our homes. But mold is known to be particularly sneaky, and will sometimes grow in areas out of our sight or reach.
Experienced mold removal experts were kind enough to share a few concealed places where mold could be hiding in our home you wouldn’t have even thought to look at.
The old saying goes “out of sight, out of mind”. And while it might have originally referred to something else, it’s very applicable to our topic today. One such example is refrigerator drip pans, which are usually stored away under our refrigerators to collect the condensed water. As the air flow is usually restricted under the refrigerator, the drip pans represent an ideal breeding ground for mold.
To prevent mold from forming in the drip pans and spreading further, make sure to regularly clean the pans and the floor around the fridge using a white vinegar solution. If the mold grows persistently do this even more frequently. If this doesn’t help, the mold’s source is probably somewhere else. If you cannot locate it, calling in a professional to inspect your home is recommended.
Again, due to increased levels of condensation in and around the air conditioner units, the areas around it are more prone to developing mold. Furthermore, if you don’t clean the air filter regularly, the air conditioner will likely draw in mold spores that can make a home out of your air conditioner if you don’t use it for prolonged periods of time.
To prevent this, make sure to run your air conditioner daily, even for just a couple of minutes. Also, make sure to replace the air filter frequently. If you notice mold in your air conditioner you can attempt to clean it with a bleach solution, though calling in experts to clean it is more advisable.
We often neglect the sills on our windows, which is why they make an ideal place for mold to nest. As window sills are often exposed to moisture, mold finds this a perfect place to call home. And with dirt that accumulates there, they have a nearly endless supply of food to help it grow.
Make sure to wipe your windows thoroughly during your spring cleaning routine. Clean the tracks and wipe away the moisture every time you notice condensation on the windows.
This is by far the most likely place in any home for mold to thrive under, as we rarely or never remove the wallpapers from our walls. If your wallpapers are old or if the edges are beginning to peel off, chances are there are colonies of mold thriving under them. If you suspect mold might be growing under your wallpapers, for example, if anyone in your family is experiencing mold-related issues, you should have the wallpaper removed and replace it with a new layer. However, if you suspect there might be mold behind your wallpaper, do not attempt to tear the wallpapers down yourself. This could only disperse the mold spores throughout your home and cause an even bigger problem. Instead, contact an experienced mold removal company to safely sterilize the affected area.
If your chimney is not properly capped, a lot of water from rains and snows can enter the opening. And with organic materials like leaves settling in the chimney, as well as the porous surfaces like bricks, the mold is very likely to settle in. To prevent mold from infecting your chimney make sure to seal it off properly. Also, have your chimney cleaned regularly to eliminate any debris and nested mold.
Front-loading washing machines are much more efficient and practical but are also more likely to develop a mold problem. Since the gasket in the door is always wet and rarely gets to dry since we keep the doors closed when not using the machine, mold can develop there. To prevent this, keep the door open after doing the laundry to dry the gasket. You could also wipe it with a dry cloth every time you’re finished running the machine. If mold has already settled, use a bleach solution to remove it. Frequently inspect your washing machine to prevent it from returning.