We’ve talked a lot on this blog before about Stachybotrys chartarum, aka the notorious “black mold.” Among the many types of mold that can grow in your household, black mold is noteworthy because of the severe negative effects it can have on your health. That’s why at FP Property Restoration, one of our main goals is making sure you never have to deal with black mold in the first place. Keep reading to learn more about where black mold is hiding in your home, and remember, for all your mold inspection, testing, and remediation needs, make sure to contact our licensed professionals at FP Property Restoration.
8 Places Black Mold Can Hide In Your Home
- Basements: Basements tend to be one of the dampest areas in any home, and because they get very little sunlight (which helps kill mold,) you can easily end up with black mold in your basement. We suggest putting a dehumidifier in your basement to help reduce the chance of black mold growth.
- Crawlspaces: The same rules that apply to your basement apply to your crawlspace, except you probably spend far less time in your crawlspace, so it’s important to remember to check this space for mold growth periodically.
- Behind Furniture/In Carpeting: A lot of people don’t know this, but old carpeting that has experienced water damage is a prime location for mold growth. As a result, mold can end up hiding out in those tiny spots of carpeting obscured by your furniture.
- Air Ducts: In addition to the fact that your air ducts are out of the sunlight, the airflow they produce naturally creates humidity and moisture, which is the main condition for mold growth. To minimize this, try to keep your thermostat at a stable temperature, rather than constantly going back and forth between hot and cold temperatures.
- Attics: The attic is another area that tends to be out of sight and out of mind. And even if your attic does get some sunlight, mold may start to grow here because heat rises, and humidity can build up in this space. That’s why you should inspect your attic regularly, in addition to your—
- Insulation: The insulation in your attic exists to help lock in temperatures. But all of that hot and cold air can lead to condensation and humidity, plus as a material, insulation is even more conducive to mold growth than ductwork. Quality insulation is important for a comfortable home, no matter what kind of house you live in, so to say it again, you should have someone check this material once or twice a year.
- Floors/Ceilings/Wall Cavities: Has a pipe recently burst in your home? If this has happened, you may find there is dampness in your ceilings, flooring, or wall cavities, which in turn can lead to mold growth. Other times, a small leak can occur in these areas, creating an environment where mold can thrive over time. Bottom line, your walls are full of pipes and obscured from the sun, so they are a prime location for mold growth. And speaking of pipes…
- Around Plumbing: The condensation around plumbing equipment is always going to make them a big source of mold growth. That’s why your kitchen and bathroom are the main areas in your home where you are likely to find mold—because this is where most of your plumbing appliances are. In addition to just wiping up spills and keeping these areas as clean as possible, the best thing you can do to reduce plumbing mold is just to keep an eye on your pipes. It can be easy to forget to do this if they are not instantly visible, but to reiterate, even a small pipe leak can lead to mold growth, so you or your plumber should always be aware of the state of your pipes.