Mold can grow anywhere and thrives in many places. Mold is most common in the basement and bathroom, but it can also grow in other areas. Mold can lead to various health issues so it is important to keep your home mold-free. These are areas where mold could be found in your home.
Mold’s favorite hiding spots in your home
Refrigerator Drip Pans
Your fridge’s drip pan collects dirt, bacteria, and moisture. This makes it an ideal place for mold growth. Spray 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of water on the drip pan to clean it. To clean the pan, you will need a vinegar-soaked rag. Keep the drip pan clean and dry it frequently to prevent mold growth.
Washing Machines Gaskets
There is a good chance that your front-loading washer has mold in its door gasket. Mold thrives in moistened gaskets. You can prevent mold growth in your washing machine gasket by wiping away moisture after each wash.
Air Conditioning Units
AC units can collect pollen, dust, and moisture from the atmosphere, which allows mold to grow on drain pans and coils. A professional restoration company may be needed to remove mold from your AC unit. They will use specialized equipment and techniques to detect and remove mold.
Window Sashes & Seals
Windows are a common place where dirt and condensation can gather. If you don’t get rid of the moisture and keep surfaces clean, this can lead to mold growth. Use a toothbrush to remove the mold using a mixture of half vinegar and half water. You may need to replace or repair the sashes and seals in order to prevent condensation from occurring.
Even dishes that haven’t been touched in a while can grow mold. Run dishes through the dishwasher’s hot cycle to remove any mold. Next, dry dishes thoroughly with a towel. Before storing dishes, wipe them with vinegar-soaked cloth.
If the flashing or caps of the chimney are damaged, rainwater and snow can enter. Due to water, dirt and other organic matter that accumulates in brick crevices, mold can grow inside chimneys. Make sure to replace or repair the flashing and caps before you attempt to remove the mold. It is best to hire a chimney sweep who can thoroughly clean a chimney. To prevent mold growth in your chimney, it is important to hire a chimney sweep at least once per year.