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Common Mold Locations

DIY Mold Visual Inspection

Black mold can be found in any area that is dimly lit, damp, and humid. Anywhere that water can build up is a breeding ground for black mold. This includes areas inside your walls where pipes can begin leaking or “sweating”, underneath or inside kitchen cabinets, within refrigerator drip pans, inside ventilation duct work, basement areas, garages, attics, crawl spaces, under carpets, on clothing, and furniture upholstery. When you begin to search for black mold in your home, be sure to have a flashlight so that you can look inside places where no light will reach. The best place to begin is from the sub-ground levels up.

If you use your basement area for a lot of storage, be sure to check any cardboard boxes for black mold infestations. If your home has suffered any type of flood damage, the basement is an excellent place to begin searching since the conditions there are almost always perfect for mold growths. Here is a simple checklist you can use when you find black mold growths in your home:

Basement Level

  • Check all wooded areas including basement steps for any mold growths
  • Check all cardboard boxes, especially towards the bottoms for mold. If mold is found outside the boxes, be sure to look through the contents of the boxes to see if any of it has also begun to grow mold
  • Check any areas where water may have condensed for mold growths, especially around washing machines, dryers, water tanks, and heating units
  • Check areas around any exposed plumbing work either on the ceilings or walls for mold growth
  • For finished basements, check around all baseboards for any signs of new mold growth. You may have mold forming under your carpets which will need to be completely removed
  • If you have installed any type of “drop ceiling” type tile, quickly survey each tile for any signs of mold growth
  • Be sure to take note of any musty or “mildewy” smells within your basement or crawl space area. This is usually a good indicator that mold is present

First Floor Level

  • Bathrooms are almost always a target for mold and mildew, so be sure to check the bathroom area thoroughly. Check shower curtains, tiles, behind toilets, the rim of the toilet bowl, underneath sink cabinets, inside linen closets, etc. for any sign of mold growth
  • Kitchens are a terrific breeding source for mold. Check inside all kitchen cabinets, sink splash areas, underneath refrigerator drip pans, inside rubber seals on the refrigerator doors, inside and around dishwashers, or any other place that may suffer from water damage either by flooding or water leakage
  • Check around the interiors of your windows, especially around the wooded molding areas for any mold growths. If you regularly see misty water build up on the glass of your windows, it’s a safe bet that there will be mold either about to form or already have formed there
  • Check walls behind furniture that are located near windows for any mold growths
  • Be sure to check any closet areas for mold growths where you may be storing any type of clothing or shoes that were exposed to wet weather
  • Check around all the baseboards of your home for any mold growths, even the smallest spots. These spots can be greenish-black, blueish-black, white, orange, or even pink or purple
  • Check around ceiling corners and bottom wall corners for mold growths of any size. If you have found a substantial area of mold growing towards the bottoms of your walls, it is a good bet that there may be mold forming underneath your carpets, if your floors are carpeted. Pull back the carpet closest to the spots of mold growing on your wall bottoms to see if there is any there as well
  • Inspect all discolored areas on your ceiling for roof leaks, take note of where those are and see if any mold has begun to form there
  • Look for peeling wallpaper and inspect behind those areas for any mold spots
  • If your laundry room is located on the first floor, be sure to check behind the washer and dryer for any mold that may be forming. If you have wet clothing lying around, be sure to check those as well for greenish-black colored mold as well
  • Be sure to inspect your attached garage for mold growth areas. Pay close attention to any discolored areas that may have been exposed to water leakage

Second Floor Level

  • Bathrooms are almost always a target for mold and mildew, so be sure to check the bathroom area thoroughly. Check shower curtains, tiles, behind toilets, the rim of the toilet bowl, underneath sink cabinets, inside linen closets, etc. for any sign of mold growth.
  • Kitchens are a terrific breeding source for mold. Check inside all kitchen cabinets, sink splash areas, underneath refrigerator drip pans, inside rubber seals on the refrigerator doors, inside and around dishwashers, or any other place that may suffer from water damage either by flooding or water leakage
  • Check around the interiors of your windows, especially around the wooded molding areas for any black mold growths. If you regularly see misty/foggy water build up on the glass of your windows, it’s a safe bet that there will be mold either about to form or already have formed there
  • Check around all the baseboards of your home for any mold growths, even the smallest spots. These spots can be greenish-black, blueish-black, white, orange, or even pink or purple
  • Check around ceiling corners and bottom wall corners for mold growths of any size. If you have found a substantial area of mold growing towards the bottoms of your walls, it is a good bet that there may be mold forming underneath your carpets, if your floors are carpeted. Pull back the carpet closest to the spots of mold growing on your wall bottoms to see if there is any there as well
  • Look for peeling wallpaper and inspect behind those areas for any mold spots
  • Check walls behind furniture in bedrooms near windows for any mold growths
  • Be sure to check any closet areas for mold growths where you may be storing any type of clothing or shoes that were exposed to wet weather
  • Inspect all discolored areas on your ceiling for roof leaks, take note of where those are and see if any mold has begun to form there

Attic or Top Level

  • Take a flash light with you and inspect all trusses, insulation, any drywall, or other exposed areas for new mold growths
  • Pay close attention to any cracks close to the roof area of your attic for any type of water damage. If there are no signs of mold growth, there could be if gone unchecked or repaired

While of course this isn’t all the places that mold can be hiding, these are some of the major areas in and around your home that you will find it creepily growing. You want to be sure that you check each and every area that is dimly lit, prone to dampness, and higher humidity levels.

Another sure sign that there is mold lurking about is the mildewy or musty smell that will accompany its growth. If you smell this, then be sure to thoroughly inspect the area that the smell is coming from. You may not see any visible mold growing just yet, but its a safe bet that it will be doing so very soon.

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