January 24, 2018

MOLD: Know What To Look For

When a home suffers any type of water damage, mold infestations can arise within 48-72 hours throughout the home. Removing all mold in a home is impossible as they are microscopic spores living both inside and outside. In Florida, mold is incredibly common because it thrives on moisture and thus quickly grows into colonies where any water exposure exists. Unfortunately, mold spores produce a variety of irritants and allergens, making them potential health problems. As such, removing as much mold as possible is important for any homeowner, particularly for South Florida homeowners.

As such, being aware of the common places where mold grows is essential to reducing the mold damage and preventing future mold growth. The following are some of the most common places for home mold growth:

  • Bathrooms and showers
  • HVAC system drain pans
  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Areas surrounding refrigerators
  • Carpets
  • Crawlspaces
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Surrounding air conditioning units
  • Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
  • Areas surrounding any kind of cooling or heating appliances

While the above are some of the most common locations for mold growth, it is certainly not limited to those 10 areas. Nevertheless, consistently inspecting these common regions in your home will help to ensure that moisture is not creating mold growth.