Owning a home is all about preventative maintenance. Responsible homeowners stay on top of potential problem areas to stop small issues from snowballing out of control. It is easier to correct things when they are small and manageable. In this article, I will discuss one of those household issues that you need to be on the lookout for so that it doesn't become a more extensive and less manageable issue. If you have not already guessed, I am talking about mold!
Mold is one of those issues where no matter how clean and neat your home is if the right conditions are in place, it will undoubtedly grow. If you want to prevent mold growth in your home, you must know the areas that need checking during a mold inspection.
1. Mold Inspection Kitchen
The most common room for mold growth is everyone's favorite room in the house, the kitchen! Kitchens have the number one ingredient for mold growth. Water, kitchens have a lot of water running into them, between sinks, drains, refrigerators, etc. There are many pipes and hoses with running water in your kitchen. What tops it all off is that all of these pipes are in dark places, like behind cabinets with limited airflow. Water combined with dark spaces with insufficient airflow are the perfect place for mold to grow, now you can see why kitchens are at such high risk for developing mold.
2. Mold Inspection Bathroom
Coming in at a tie for the number one most common place for mold to grow in a home is the bathroom. Most people take warm enough showers that they steam up the whole bathroom, and it is common for some of that moisture from the steam to get into some cracks and crevices of the bathroom and you guessed it, start to grow mold! It is also common for leaks under the bathroom sink to cause mold growth.
3. Mold Inspection Basement
No list of places you need to check for mold in your home would be complete without the mention of subterranean basements, and even ground flood basements have been known to grow mold. Basements are naturally damper than the rest of a home, naturally darker, and have less ventilation than the rest of the house. It's for this reason that a basement is a prime area for mold growth and should be included in a mold inspection.