Four Areas Where Mold May Hide

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Mold is toxic; exposure can make you sick or else imitate the symptoms of allergies. This is due to the release of tiny spores, the reproductive units of fungi. You don't want to breathe it in; you don't want it in your house. But mold is sneaky and it can hide in places you wouldn't expect. You may have heard or seen horror stories of people getting sick and not knowing why, then discovering mold growing rampant in the walls. All it needs is a warm, dark, damp place to grow, some spores to land in this space and it's done.

Here are some places mold may be growing in your home.

Crawl Spaces

A crawl space is an empty area under some houses, between the house and the ground. It is dark, warm and can trap moisture. It's a perfect place for mold to flourish. From here mold can spread through your home rising on the vacuum created by hot air rising up through your house. Mold spores are very small, so it doesn't take much force to spread them around.

Under Sinks

A leaky sink is also a great place for mold to grow.  It's wet, dark (where the pipes are hidden), and relatively warm. Mold will quickly occupy this space and proliferate from here. Always check under sinks when inspecting your home. Get a plumber to find and fix any leaks; this is key if you hope to achieve complete mold elimination and prevent the problem from coming right back.

Air Conditioners and Air Ducts

Moisture collects in air conditioners and air ducts. This is especially true during summer months when there is a lot of condensation. Mold can grow in these moist areas of condensation. Then the air conditioner blows spores throughout the house.

Under Your Refrigerators

Moisture tends to collect under your refrigerator. Once again, this a perfect place for mold to grow. Most people don't look under a large refrigerators because they are heavy and it's easy to get distracted by the food inside, so mold here can easily go unnoticed.

Mold can hide in many places in your home. It can go unnoticed for some time. So, what do you do about it? You can inspect your home regularly, and try to deal with it yourself. If that doesn't work, however, you will have to call a mold elimination specialist. This is someone who can make sure your home is mold free by detecting any growth, eliminate any problems and help you with preventative steps to make sure the problem does not come back.

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