We talk a lot about mold, and when you see mold in your house, it’s a sign that you’ll at least need to get out the bleach (and maybe even call a restoration company). The truth is that you won’t always see mold develop on the walls. Sometimes, it can hide in your home and cause lots of problems, grow very large, and spread its spores throughout the entire home. So where are some of the places where mold can hide inside your home? Let’s take a look:
- Inside your foundation. Behind your walls, you’ll find there are many cavities where mold can grow into its own little settlement. There are cracks and holes and hard-to-reach places (even if you don’t have drywall hanging) that give mold a dark, damp, and oxygen-filled environment in which to grow.
- Mold will grow on any organic material, so your dry wall and wall boards will be glad to house your mold colonies. Many times, you will have mold growth on one side of the drywall, but the other side (the side you can see) will look fine.
- Your belongings. Paper materials and other organic belongings (upholstery on couches, items with leftover organic materials, cooking tools, etc.) can support mold growth. Paper-based materials especially provide a great home for mold, as well as other organic materials you may store inside your garage (such as straw for an outdoor garden).
- Carpeting can easily hold and grow mold inside your home. Hopefully, most water damage to carpets is identified and cleaned quickly, but there are many times we’ve seen water sit for days or even a week or two, ruining carpets with mold growth.
- Your furnace and air ducts. They can easily house mold growth and spread those spores throughout the home. Typically speaking, condensation will accumulate in an unbalanced furnace and mold will grow, and by the time you use it to push air through a home, you’ll find the mold has already taken hold (it only takes about 24 hours to start growing).
You’re not always going to see the mold that is haunting your home. Sometimes, it will live and grow inside your home—so stuffy noses, allergy systems, bloody noses, dry skin, and wheezing/asthma are all signs that you may want to investigate if mold is hiding inside your home. You can always call Duckstein Restoration to come and help you look for mold inside your home.
Henry Duckstein Jr.