HOW TO CHECK FOR MOLD IN YOUR HOME
WHEN AND WHERE TO SEARCH FOR MOLD
WHERE TO LOOK FOR MOLD
Dark, damp, unused basements are a haven for mold. Fortunately, this makes checking for mold easy. Moisture is the main source of a mold problem, so check near any sump pumps, water heaters, or water softeners for leaky pipes.
Attics and Crawlspaces
With over 60% of crawlspaces containing some mold, it’s no surprise homeowners are reluctant to use their attics or crawlspaces for anything other than storage. Leaks in the ceiling provide the necessary moisture from rain and snow.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
Both kitchens and bathrooms are constantly exposed to moisture, making them vulnerable to mold. Check under sinks and around dishwashers and tubs for any sign of discoloration from water. These stains might be hiding mold underneath.
A laundry room, whether in a basement or adjacent to a kitchen or bathroom, is another prime location for mold to take hold. Front-loading washing machines in particular can provide the perfect breeding ground for mold if not properly used. Leave the door open after washing to allow the drum to dry out.
Windows are usually forgotten in the search for mold. Condensation and exposure to outdoor rain and snow can provide the necessary moisture mold needs to survive. Check your window wells at least once a year to prevent any growth. Mold in a window sill can lead to mold getting inside your walls.
Between Walls, Ceilings, and Vents
If there are pipes or air ducts between the walls and ceilings of your home, there is a chance you have hidden mold. Since these areas are normally sealed off, mold is able to form uninhibited.
WHEN TO CHECK FOR MOLD
Before Moving In
Once you have found your dream home, make sure to check for mold. Since almost all homes have mold somewhere, do not let an unexpected discovery stop you from buying. Instead, have the mold removed and enjoy your new house. Small amounts can be cleaned in a few hours, while larger infestations should be cleaned by the professionals of ERS. It is better to remove the mold before moving in any furniture to keep your belongings as clean as possible.
Before closing on your new home, have a certified inspector check the entire property over. If any damage, including mold, is found, you can usually negotiate for cleaning and repair fees to be reduced from your closing costs.
Before Moving Out
When it comes time to leave an apartment or house, search for mold to ensure a smooth transition to the new owner.If mold isn’t discovered until the home inspection, it could become a deal breaker and leave your home sitting vacant on the market.
By preemptively cleaning your home with the mold remediation services of ERS, you are avoiding any unpleasant surprises during official inspections.
After a Vacation
A fun vacation is a great chance to leave your worries behind. Yet coming home might reveal some unpleasant surprises. If there were any heavy storms while you were away, there is a chance moisture was able to seep into your home and allow mold to flourish. Vacation homes and cabins should be checked after extended vacancies for mold growth.
If heavy storms or burst pipes have affected your home, there may be more than water damage to deal with. This moisture can lead directly to mold infestations. ERS technicians clean up water damage and remove mold, making us a two-for-one service!