Is Mold Lurking in Your Home | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore
Is Mold Lurking in Your Home? | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore
What are the factors that tend to allow mold to grow in your residence? Moisture, temperature, light, airflow and materials that mold can “consume” are the main reasons why mold will generate. When mold is allowed to fester (especially when it is hidden from sight), the spores will usually multiply rapidly. One of the most reliable ways to detect locations where mold may be susceptible to growth is by the use of a moisture meter. At SERVPRO®, we are able to utilize technology to help locate moisture in a variety of materials in your home quickly and with minimal invasion of the material itself.
As we start looking forward to the prospects of warmer weather with the usual spring-cleaning and home projects about to start up again, we at SERVPRO® would like to remind everyone to be diligent in reviewing the many different areas of their home. Homeowners should be extremely mindful of the unconditioned spaces such as attics and basements that may have been exposed to humid conditions where mold grows. As you enter these locations, be on the lookout for some of the most common areas of concern.
- Window sills where warm and cool air meet
- Washing machines, specifically around the valve box (where the shut off valves are) and the door gasket area on front loading machines
- Appliance drip pans, like those found on refrigerators and deep freezer units where there is limited air circulation
- Attics & basements where leaks often occur unnoticed for long periods of time and where the air is possibly stagnant due to lack of venting
- Central Air or A/C units with leaky condensation lines and drip pans that are not draining properly
- Carpets, padding, or any other type of flooring material that absorbed large spills or water over flows and were not properly mitigated
- Bathrooms, specifically the drywall around vanities, toilets and showers that have gotten wet or those that have a lack of proper ventilation due to a poorly operating or clogged exhaust fan
If you suspect or find mold in your home, contact SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore to assist with your remediation needs at 410-749-2221.