3 Places Mold Might Be Hiding in Your Home
And How Experts Can Find It
If you were looking for mold inside of your home, would you know where to look? Since there are over 1,000 types of mold and every variety looks a little different, it can be easy to miss the signs of this dangerous fungus. Fortunately, professional mold abatement teams are trained to recognize and treat mold proactively.
Here are three places mold might be hiding in your home, and how experts can track it down.
1. Inside Walls
When pipes leak inside of walls, mold can grow quickly. Research has shown that mold can start growing as soon as 24 hours as soon as a surface gets wet, which is why the inside of your walls can be like a secret garden for mold and mildew.
The inside of walls can become wet because of plumbing leaks, the lack of exterior waterproofing, or problems with vents and chimneys. Issues with condensation from duct lines can also allow water to drip into your walls, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold.
Fortunately, professionals can spot moisture inside of walls by using infrared cameras that detect temperature changes. These cameras are designed to detect certain wavelengths of light, which signal temperature contrasts. If experts notice that certain walls are cooler than they should be, they can remove a small amount of the drywall and insert moisture meters to detect water damage.
If mold is found inside of walls, abatement teams can carefully remove drywall to limit the amount of dust the project kicks up. Using special sprays designed to kill bacteria and limit airborne pathogens, they can clean surfaces, remove damaged building components and restore the area.
2. Under Flooring
Whether your kids like to track in water from outside or you have appliances that tend to leak, your carpet, hardwood or linoleum might be acting as a safe harbor for mold.
Flooring is an easy target for mold since soft surfaces, like carpet, absorb water easily and tend to attract organic compounds like dirt, dust and food particles. Hard flooring can allow moisture to seep between the cracks, allowing mold to grow in underlayments.
Fortunately, diagnosing flooring mold is easy because it is accessible. By pulling up a corner of the carpet or removing a small portion of hard flooring, technicians can scrape away mold samples for testing. If the tests come back positive for mold, experts can remove larger portions to see how far the problem runs.
For example, if tests show mold near your sink, mold abatement teams can test further into your kitchen to determine whether or not you need an entirely new floor. Sometimes, mold problems can be completely eradicated by removing and replacing the affected materials.
3. In Your Ventilation System
Unfortunately, mold and mildew can even hide inside of your HVAC system, where it can slough off and continue to circulate through your home. Unfortunately, since air ducts are hidden inside of walls, attics and crawlspaces, it can be difficult to spot a problem — let alone resolve it on your own.
To determine whether or not mold is growing freely inside of your air ducts, professionals conduct a variety of air quality tests including spore traps and particulate traps. After allowing the air traps to come in contact with the air in your home, technicians inspect the samples underneath microscopes.
Mold abatement teams check the quantity, type and severity of the mold growth to determine the proper course of action. If mold is detected, your ductwork can be cleaned carefully from the inside out with special vacuum sweepers.
If you suspect that you have mold growing in your home, don't waste any time calling professional hold remediation specialists like Safe-Way Waterproofing & Mold Remediation.