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Look for Mold in These Unlikely Places at Home

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold in the corner of the window Mold growth can occur in small moist places.

Places Where You Might Find Mold

Mold growth generally occurs in small, moist places. As you try to locate it and call a mold remediation team to deal with the problem, you may think about the usual culprits like moldy drywall, shower curtains or the space under the sink. However, there are some locations that still develop mold that may not be first in your thoughts. Search these areas in your Diamond Bar, CA, home to stop further mold spread.

1. Filing Cabinets
While it is not abnormal to find mold on wood, it is less obvious to find this organism inside a filing cabinet. The paper documents you keep in storage are made of wood pulp, which is an ideal feeding material for mold. The possibility of growth in this area increases if there is high humidity or if there is water damage nearby. Use a dehumidifier and increase air circulation in these areas.

2. Window Sills
Other places where you can check for mold growth include the window sills. These locations may be low priority when it comes to inspection and cleaning, but they contain the right ingredients for mold to thrive. Condensation often gathers around them, especially when they are only aired out during the late spring and summer. The accumulated dirt also provides attractive food. Open your windows regularly and clean them to prevent mold from growing inside of them.

3. Chimneys
Chimneys are often associated with fire and dryness, so they initially seem like an unlikely place for mold. That being said, the presence of wood, dead leaves and other organic materials that enter because of poor top covering creates food for mold. Add to that the porous composition of bricks and the leftover water from snow and rain to create the perfect development location.
Mold growth can occur in many places, from the expected spots like behind wallpaper and under flooring to lesser-known areas like window sills and chimneys. Consider as many options as possible when locating this organism.

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