Where Mold Hides in Your Home

Nov 7, 2018 | All, Property Tips

Mold is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Not only is it unsightly, but it can be a threat to your health.

The fungus sprouts from microscopic spores floating in the air and is one of the most common living organisms.

Mold can grow wherever moisture and organic matter are present and sometimes, you might not even know it’s there.

If you suffer from allergies or chronic conditions like asthma, these spores can be a hazard to your immune system. Even if you are healthy, mold can cause issues like — coughing, wheezing, and throat, skin, and eye irritation, to name a few.

You won’t be able to control every area in your home to prevent the spread of the fungi, so at PropertyFox, we have decided to investigate the odd places you should check on a regular basis.

Mold can grow wherever moisture and organic matter are present and sometimes, you might not even know it’s there.

Shower Curtains
A fungus called aureobasidium pullulans feasts on wet shower surfaces. Often, this type of mold can live there for months before showing itself.

Microwave and Stove
Mold loves spillage and grease splatters almost as much as it loves damp and dark. Keep these areas clean and dry, especially during the wet season.

Refrigerator and Pantry
Food, especially if it has reached expiration, can cause mold. Your pantry could also be primed for spores if you don’t clean it out regularly. While it’s usually stocked with non-perishables, sometimes contents leak out or worse, rising damp through the wall against which the pantry is built births these spores.

Coffeemaker
Do you like your coffee with milk or mildew? The moist of a coffee maker is made for attracting fungus. Be sure to clean out the reservoir regularly.

Fabric and upholstery
Fabric surfaces are porous and known for collecting mold. Couches, curtains, clothing, and towels are particularly prone to mold growth.

A regular vacuum of your furniture can help keep mold at bay. Also make sure that when you wash curtains, clothing, and towel, allow for it to dry properly.

Bed Mattress
Believe it or not, mold can develop on your mattress. Because of the moisture from sweat and the soft porous surface, mattresses are always at risk for mold. Be sure to turn your mattress regularly and give it a vacuum and a gentle scrub with water-free fabric cleaner.

On (or in) your Children’s Toys
Kids love putting things in their mouths. While there’s nothing wrong with that, slobbery toys mean moisture can creep into crevices and mold spores can flourish. Keep the toys clean by running them through the dishwasher or even the washing machine.

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to prevent all mold, but regular maintenance and checks will make sure you stop the problem before it goes too far. This is important for both potential buyers and sellers to keep in mind – you don’t want to end up with nasty surprises when in the middle of such a big transaction.

At PropertyFox, we are dedicated to making sure your property buying or selling process is the best experience ever. Phone or email us today to make sure you experience it first-hand!

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