Mold. It’s a scourge for homeowners nationwide. It causes health problems, can destroy flooring, clothing, and paint jobs. Basements are a common breeding ground for this black mold, as it likes cool and damp areas. It will make a home in any place it can get a foothold. Here are some of the most common locations mold is found in homes.
1. The Washing Machine: The detergent chamber of washing machines is a common place for mold to grow. The washing machine is a warm, and damp place, which is the perfect environment for mold to flourish. To prevent this problem, leave the chamber open after each load. This will dry out the machine so that mold won’t be quite so comfy there. If mold does accumulate, clean the chamber with bleach. You may need to do an empty load to circulate the bleach through the system. The bleach will kill the mold culture and any spores. If you choose to be more eco-friendly, vinegar is an excellent mold-killer as well.
2. Chimney: That’s right, the chimney is certainly dark and cool enough to attract mold. It gathers moisture during summer and when left unused in the cooler months. To prevent mold build-up in the chimney, it’s recommended that a professional chimney sweep is hired do to do the job. Chimneys should be cleaned at least once per year for safety reasons.
3. Basement: Moldy basements are a common problem real estate agents run into when listing and selling homes. Be aware that black mold will start to grow in basements when the weather turns humid. If the basement is unheated, winter is a particularly vulnerable time where mold growth can start or accelerate. Make sure that all water is routed away from the home with effective downspout extensions and inspect the area from time to time to keep the problem in check.
4. Ductwork: Ductwork is a common spot for mold to proliferate. It’s dark, warm and hard to reach. If mold is left for too long, it may affect the health of you and your family. When it is being blown around via the home’s HVAC system, the danger of toxic mold syndrome increases.
5. Under Windowsills: Windowsills often attract moisture and form condensation. This in turn creates a great environment for mold to form. When cleaning your windows, be on the lookout for mold growing in the corners and in the window-frame. Using vinegar water or bleach can help kill this surface mold.