Mold is a common problem facing Memphis homeowners, thanks to our hot and sticky summers and wet spring seasons. In order to eliminate mold in your home, you must first know where it grows. Let’s find out.
Humans aren’t the only ones who love a hot steamy shower — it also creates the perfect breeding ground for mold! That’s because mold thrives in hot, humid, wet environments. It’s important to regularly check your shower and bathtub for mold. It’s also imperative that you and everyone in your family use the exhaust fan when they take a shower or bath. But, don’t turn it off as soon as you’re done. Leave it on for about 15-30 minutes post-bathing to make the area less damp and lower the chances of mold moving in and taking up permanent residence in your shower.
Toilets are another popular place for mold growth because of the amount of water and dampness that surround it. Make sure you also regularly check your toilet and surrounding area for any mold growth.
Also, don’t forget to check your toothbrush holder for mold growth. It’s the perfect breeding ground for mold because of the water that drips from the toothbrush into the holder. To prevent mold from growing near your toothbrush, rinse and dry the interior of your toothbrush holder regularly, and while you’re at it, give the soap dish and any other accessories near your sink a good rinse too.
Another hot spot for mold is the kitchen sink because they are full of dirty dishes, food particles, bacteria, and web objects. This is why you must keep your kitchen sink as clean as possible at all times to avoid mold growth. Don’t forget to also check the pipes a few times per month because that’s another location where mold thrives.
The Attic and Basement
Attics and basements are other frequent targets for fungal growth due to the dust accumulation, and lack of ventilation can create the ideal conditions for mold growth. You’ll want to pay special attention and make sure there are no piping issues or external leaks in your basement and/or attic.
On Plumbing and Ductwork
Pipes and ductwork are also prone to excess moisture, especially in homes where the average humidity is 60 percent or more. To prevent this mold growth, reduce indoor humidity levels to between 30-50 percent by making sure your home is properly weatherized, fix all leaks, and run a dehumidifier. If you’re noticing a drop in air quality in your home and you’ve been dealing with year-long allergies, you may also want to consider an ultraviolet lighting system to destroy mold spores as air passes through the air ducts.
Get Help With Mold in Memphis Today!
Are you dealing with mold? Worried you may have mold? Stop worrying and contact TruClean Home Services today. These common contaminants are found in many area properties—but that doesn’t mean they should be left to linger.