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7 Vulnerable Places Where Mold Hide In Your Home

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Molds are the uninvited and sneaky guests in your home. Most of them find places in dark, moist places which become tedious to find and remove them. As they lurk in some unexpected hidden areas of the home, there are chances that you overlook them while cleaning your home. Unfortunately, the longer they are hidden, the worse it gets to get rid of them. Most of the people are allergic to molds as they suffer from nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, throat irritation, and in some cases, skin irritation. Especially people with low immune systems or lung diseases have high chances of getting sick. Hidden molds can cause a great deal of damage to your home in the long run. Also, it will dig a deep hole in your pocket to makeover all the damage if you don’t find it at the earliest. If you are unaware about the places where molds can reside, then look out on the below mentioned 7 places where they might be hiding right now.

1. Behind the wallpaper

Drywalls, panels, and wallpapers are the most common places for mold growth. The reason being it resides on the cellulose that forms in these places. If your house is decorated with wallpapers, then there’s a high chance that molds are growing behind them. It may be challenging to find and remove them as they are hidden behind the wallpapers. You won’t be able to find them until and unless you remove the wallpaper or it starts peeling. Another way of recognizing them is through their damp smell. It is essential that you hire a mold removal company that knows how to handle such conditions. They will also find the adjacent areas with spores and treat them. 

2. Carpeting

The carpeted floors and walls are other popular places where mold grows. With the rising interest of lavish interiors, we find most of the houses covered with stylish carpets on the floors. These carpets come in contact with wet shoes, dirt, spills, and sometimes pet accidents as well. These things make a feeding ground for mold spores in the padding and carpet which becomes problematic after a while. Sometimes, it may become tedious to find the molds caused by water leaks under carpets and upholstery due to quick absorption. But you can inspect it through the damp smell or moisture residing on the surface of the carpet. If you don’t find the molds under your carpet, then it is great, but you should take care of some things shortly to avoid its growth. Make sure to vacuum regularly and clean up the spills immediately.

3. In the microwave oven

Microwaves are vulnerable to mold growth because of the dark, moist and enclosed environment. Another cause is avoiding spills and letting them dry out for easy removal. But the uncleaned spills can form humid environments which will lead to mold growth. To avoid such mishaps, you should check the corners of your microwave every time you use it. You can clean the microwave by keeping a glass full of vinegar whose fumes help for cleaning up the mess efficiently.

4. Air conditioners

Damp and moist environments are common reasons for mold growth. You might be aware of how air conditioners create moisture because of the mixing of hot and cold temperatures. Your air conditioner also collects a lot of dust, dirt and moisture from the air, which ultimately mixes up in the moist environment creating the right conditions for mold growth. So, when it comes to checking molds, don’t forget to check your air conditioners every day. Although, you can inspect it after regular intervals, make sure that it is not leaking or forming any moist environment. If you are unable to clean or detect any severe mold growing in your air conditioner, better give a call to a professional who will remove the mold and clean it up. 

5. Underneath the sink

The dripping water droplets from a leaking pipe underneath your sink can create a perfect place for mold growth. Most of the areas under the sink are closed for an organized look. But are you aware that this place is mostly ignored while cleaning your home? Being closed, it makes the place moist and vulnerable if unattended for a longer duration.  So make sure to check the area underneath your kitchen sink and set a reminder for cleaning it after specific time intervals.

6. Refrigerators

Refrigerators are another place where the moisture and food come in contact with each other. You might have noticed that even a small spillover can cause a great deal of damage to your refrigerator. So, better take out the unnecessary, old, and expired food and create a fresh space.  Food is not the only thing that can cause mold growth in refrigerators, but there are drip trays as well that remain unnoticed by you. You should wipe down all the places in your fridge along with the drip tray to keep them safe from getting damaged.

7. In your washing machine

If you sense a stinky smell from your clothes, there’s a high chance of mold growth in your washing machine. The reason behind this is most of the time you don’t dry out the washing machine after washing your clothes. Due to this, the gasket around the door doesn't get a chance to dry out as the doors are usually closed. Especially the front-loading washing machines are more vulnerable to mold growth. To avoid such scenarios, you can keep the washing machine’s door open when it is not in use or dry it out with a towel after you are done washing your clothes.

Furthermore, in addition to the above-listed places, there are many other spots in your home which are vulnerable to hide the molds. Some of the common ones include wall cavities, window sills, blenders, and toilet rims. They may cause various health problems and create significant damage for you. Hence, it is necessary to hold regular inspection in the hidden areas to find the molds and get rid of them as early as possible.