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.
- How Much Does Attic Mold Removal Cost? An owner of an attic should resolve the cause of moisture and consider testing for mold as soon as moisture is detected. An accurate identification of the type and extent of mold in an attic will determine the cost of mold remediation. In general, the cost of remediating attic mold ranges from $1,500 to $10,000.
- How Do You Complete Mold Remediation in an Attic? The affected area should be thoroughly dried, and the relative humidity level should be between 40% and 60%. In order for mold spores to settle down and multiply, moisture and food sources must be present. As a result of leaks supplying moisture, cellulose present in many common building materials will provide fungus with sufficient energy to thrive by converting starches into sugars.
- How Do You Prevent Mold from Growing in an Attic? After severe storms, property owners should inspect the condition of their roofs, looking for missing shingles and other signs of damage. To avoid condensation, monitoring attic temperatures and using insulation and ventilation strategically are also essential. As a result of uneven temperatures, ice damming can occur, where refrozen water blocks drainage and damages roofing materials. A warm attic may also encourage fungal growth if there is moisture present.
- 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.