3 Common Areas Where Mold is Found in the Home

At one time or another, we’ve all experienced issues with mold in the home. When you want to protect your property and family from this danger cropping up in the future, there are several key areas to monitor.

We suggest regularly checking your shower and bathtub for mold, as well as bathroom ceilings, walls and floors. Other damp areas throughout your property to inspect include your kitchen sink, basement ceilings, walls, floors and more.

When you keep a close eye on these areas, you’ll greatly decrease the likelihood of mold growth.

Mold at the base of a shower

In a shower/bathtub

We all love a long shower or bath to unwind after a long day, but these are unfortunately two of the most common triggers for mold growth. If you regularly create a lot of steam in your bathroom and do not have an adequate ventilation system, mold may begin to grow in these areas.

We suggest running a fan while in the shower or bath, and leaving it on for several minutes after you get out, to decrease the likelihood of mold spores growing. If you don’t typically follow this rule, it is important that you give your shower and bath a thorough inspection as soon as possible.

Be sure to check shampoo bottles, shower heads, grout and other items around your shower or tub as well, as these are common areas for mold growth.

Under a kitchen sink

The kitchen sink isn’t the first area you think of when it comes to mold growth, but it is one of the main areas where it’s found.

If there’s any space between your sink and countertops, water will find its way into cracks, creating dampness under your sink. Aside from this, any leaky pipes under your sink can create issues with mold, so it’s important to regularly look underneath for mold spores.

In the basement

Many homeowners have experienced musty smells in their basement, but they typically don’t give it a second thought. In many cases what you are smelling is mold growth.

This often occurs in the basement as it’s a moist, dark area where mold can thrive. If you’ve recently noticed strange smells in your basement, make sure to check any pipes that may be leaking, the sump pump, the foundation and more.

To avoid issues, it’s suggested to purchase a dehumidifier to remove moisture, add a coat of waterproof paint and make sure there is adequate ventilation.

If you believe you have mold in these or any other areas of your home, we ask that you call on our experienced mold testing company at Mountaineer Inspection Services.

We have been assisting with mold testing for homeowners in the Bridgeport, WV area for years and look forward to making your home safe and free of mold. Call us today at 304-709-3200 to get started.