5 Spots In Your Home That May Harbor Mold

Mold is a result of moisture and mold spores. It's worse than unsightly; mold can cause respiratory illness for many people. Mold may also indicate that there is a damaging source of moisture somewhere in your home. Knowing the common locations for mold growth and checking them regularly can ensure you call in a mold remediation specialist quickly.

1. Attic Spaces

Many homeowners rarely if ever enter the attic, which means a water leak from the roof can go unnoticed for quite some time. Even small amounts of moisture seeping into the attic can fuel mold growth, and those spores can spread throughout the home. If it smells of musty mildew in the attic, or if you notice wet or discolored spots on the ceiling or insulation, then you may need attic mold remediation.

2. Wall Interiors

The walls most likely to harbor hidden mold are those that have plumbing lines running through them, such as the wall behind the kitchen sink. Small leaks from drain or water lines, or even condensation off of these lines, can cause mold to grow inside the walls where you can't see it. Eventually, the issue will become noticeable as the wall paint begins peeling or the discoloration of mold growth appears on the surface. 

3. Under Sinks

Another place where plumbing issues can lead to mold growth is underneath the sinks, which is also a place you may not check regularly. Leaks from pipes and condensation are once again the sources of moisture for this mold growth. The mold can grow on the inside of a wooden cabinet or on the surface of the backing wall. You may notice mold or water stain discoloration, along with the telltale odor of mildew.

4. Beneath the Flooring

It's not uncommon for mold to actually grow beneath the flooring, particularly in kitchens, bathrooms, or utility rooms where moisture on the floor is a common occurrence. Vinyl flooring may peel up as the mold and moisture damage spreads, or the floor may begin to feel spongy as mold and moisture rot affect the subfloor. Often, the flooring must be pulled up in order to remediate the mold. 

5. Around Framing

Condensation is common on and around windows, and poor weather seals may also allow in outside moisture. All of this can lead to mold in the framing that surrounds a window. Eventually, the mold may even spread to the surrounding walls. You can usually spot mold growth on the window sills or frames. Paint may also peel off the frames as moisture and mold take hold. 

Contact a mold remediation professional if you suspect there is mold hidden in your home.