Spring Has Sprung, And So Have Mold Spores
Spring cleaning stands strong as an annual tradition for many, and it’s easy to see why. With the renewal of the warmth comes the overall sense of renewal in one’s life, thereby begging us to take action so that our homes may feel equally rejuvenated.
But what if we told you that cleaning shouldn’t be the only item on your to-do list?
Particularly as the cold retreats and the humidity rushes back in for the season, mold spores will once again liven, grow, and contaminate your home.
Thus, you’ll want to look in these top three hiding spots for mold growth…
#1 — The Kitchen
The kitchen may, at first, sound like an obvious place to look for hidden mold growth. After all, with dirty dishes, overripe fruit, and the sheer volume of foot traffic your kitchen sees, there are all ll sorts of opportunities for mold spores to proliferate.
But have you considered the areas you never think to check in on?
For example, “the item most frequently used to clean dishes and countertops was actually the germiest place found in most homes,” according to a study conducted by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). “Sponges and dish rags can pick up bacteria during the cleaning process, and, if not properly sanitized between uses, can be a prime spot for germ growth.”
Additionally, garbage disposals are liable to grow mold and mildew if not cleaned properly after long periods of use. Be wary, too, of tile grout in the kitchen. These thin, porous surfaces are apt to catch crumbs and food debris that fall, thereby fostering an adequate environment for mold.
#2 — The Attic
Have you thought to look up when it comes to searching for mold? Because your attic may be a primary culprit when it comes to finding mold-laden shelters within your home.
“Faulty roof insulation or construction in an attic can lead to leaks and a lack of proper ventilation can cause humidity to accumulate and create mold,” SF Gate explains. “Attic mold removal is crucial to your protect your health and your home’s structure, therefore, you must take control of the situation immediately.”
What’s more, the residential roofs in Florida take an annual battering from the hurricane season that blows in without fail. Thus, roof damage, if not attended to in a timely manner, may eventually generate extensive leaks that seep down and into the attic.
Consequently, we recommend investigating the insulation, walls, ceilings, and other general items within the attic that are constructed of paper. Additionally, if the attic reeks of mildew, you likely already have a mold problem on your hands.
#3 — The Household Fabrics
The softer the surface, the more vulnerable it is to intrusion from mold spores.
Carpeting, in specific, traps fallen food particles, airborne allergens that settle, and even outdoor mold spores that we happen to drag in on our clothes or shoes.
“Wall-to-wall carpeting, as well as area rugs, can provide an ample breeding ground for mold if conditions are right,” as reported by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) At especially high risk for mold growth are carpeting located below ground level in basements, carpet in commonly moist or damp climates, and carpet that has been wet for any period of time.”
Additionally, curtains, fabric furniture, and other soft materials may be at risk for fungal growth in the right circumstances.
Thankfully, if you’ve been left to wonder and worry over whether there is mold growth spawning in your home, Coast Air Assessments can help!
Our team proudly serves Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast by investigating properties for airborne contaminants and reporting back in a timely manner. As your indoor air quality may have a lasting effect on your and your loved ones’ wellness, it’s imperative to remain informed and empowered.
So, are you ready to find peace of mind with a comprehensive mold assessment?
Then it’s time to contact Coastal Air Assessments! We take pride in our pure dedication to pure air. Call (561) 400-0929 today to learn more.