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Mold Remediation Tips – Hidden Mold Could Be Affecting Your Health
Many people invest in mold remediation when they spot signs of mold, such as water damage, black spots, discoloration and a musty smell. However, there are instances that your home can have a mold infestation that is invisible to you.
Any mold expert will tell you that mold can occur anywhere in your home. In many cases, mold goes undetected because it is growing in a hidden area. Some common areas you can find hidden mold include:
Behind cabinets and appliances
Mold can be found in areas where there are high levels of moisture. This is common behind appliances and kitchen cabinets. Mold can occur in refrigerator lines and pipe pans, which generate a lot of moisture.
Areas behind appliances and cabinets are often not cleaned and are therefore the perfect site for a mold infestation. Mold remediation may involve the removal of the appliances and cabinets in order to expose infested areas.
Mold growing behind wallpaper isn’t easy to notice unless you’re taking down your wallpaper to have it replaced. Such infestations are only noticed when they are in the advanced stages and spreading to other parts of the home.
Wallpaper shouldn’t be used in places that are likely to have high levels of humidity such as the basement or bathroom. It is also important to address moisture issues that led to the growth of mold in that part of the wall e.g. a leaking pipe before mold remediation is done. This will ensure that your home remains mold free for the long term.
Mold can infest anything that is made of organic material. This is because they use the organic material as food. Mold can therefore infest your furniture. This may go unnoticed until you move your furniture around.
In cases where infestation is advanced, you may have to get rid of your furniture and have it replaced. It is advisable to move your furniture around every once in a while to inspect the area for mold.
In the attic
Many people think that mold is a foundation problem and will check the basement first. However, mold can grow in any part of the home including the attic. Attic infestations are often the result of a leak. They are also the result of humid air rising from other parts of the home.
If you suspect that you have mold, it is important to get in touch with a mold inspector. They will have the right equipment to perform comprehensive searches in your home and identify any hidden mold.