If you find that your family or employees are getting sick more often with respiratory issues like sneezing or coughing after being in your home or business, this could be a sign of mold growth. It’s important to take care of any mold that’s growing in a home or business so that illness can be prevented and the air you and others are breathing is clean and free of any toxins. But, sometimes, mold can be hard to find. The first step of the mold remediation and removal process is to establish where mold is growing so that it can be addressed. But, sometimes, mold isn’t easy to find. It likes to grow in dark, humid places, so it’s likely that, if you’re experiencing the signs of mold but can’t see it growing, it’s located in a place that’s optimal for mold growth conditions but unable to see without further investigation.
Therefore, knowing some of the most optimal places for mold to grow can be helpful in the mold identification process. So, before you call a mold removal specialist, check out these optimal places for mold growth conditions in your home or business first.
Mold Can Grow in Your Air Conditioning Unit Circulating Throughout the Air
One of the most optimal places for mold to grow that you won’t necessarily see without a proper inspection is your air conditioning ducts. Air conditioning ducts are the airflow systems that circulate the air throughout your home or business. And, since mold spreads by shedding particles into the air, these particles can get stuck in your a/c ducts and begin to grow there. Air ducts are an optimal place for mold growth conditions because they are dark and, especially here in South Florida where the humidity levels are high, are moist enough to water mold spores, stimulating them to grow. So, if you think you smell mold or are experiencing the negative symptoms of breathing in mold, your a/c ducts are a good place to look.
Mold Can Grow in Between Walls and on Drywall
Another place that mold can grow that you won’t necessarily notice until you take a more in-depth look is in the walls. In between walls is dark which is the perfect atmosphere for mold to thrive. And, if there is a leak in the walls (from leaking pipes or the roof) that you don’t necessarily know about, there is moisture. Mold spores can stick to drywall and grow quickly. But, fortunately, to find out if there is mold growing in your walls, you don’t necessarily have to break apart your drywall just yet. Mold testing and inspection can estimate specific areas in your home or business that mold may be growing. This way, demolition of walls only has to occur in the exact areas that mold is growing.
Mold Can Grow Under Carpeting
Carpets can get wet from flooding or leaking plumbing. But, if they’re not dried out quickly or properly, they can become a favorable place for mold growth. However, you may not know that mold is growing in your carpets because it can actually make its way underneath them. This is because moisture is most likely trapped underneath carpeting and is dark, providing a comfortable atmosphere for mold to grow. One way to tell if mold is growing underneath carpeting is to identify the smell of mold from carpets and rip up the area that was exposed to flooding or water damage. Typically, carpeting that is affected by mold should be thrown out and replaced.
Checking Areas of Optimal Mold Growth for Mold and Remediating the Issue
Do you know you have mold growing in your home or business but may not be sure of where it’s growing? Professional mold remediation specialists, like A Plus Mold Remediation, can help to identify where mold may be hiding. And, remediate mold so that it’s no longer an issue you have to worry about! Find out more about how we deal with mold and our mold remediation services on our website.