How Can I Check For Mold in My Home?
Mold is everywhere, and you just can’t get rid of it. However, if it wasn’t for mold and fungi, nothing would ever decay, and we would all be so buried in debris that nothing would be able to grow on the earth. Nevertheless, no one wants this in their home. It can lead to health problems such as irritated lungs and nasal passages, as well as more dangerous health hazards. So how can you be sure that its not in your home?
If you have ever had water damage your home, here are some ways to check for mold. Lift up the edges of carpets. If there are water stains on the carpet tack strips or the carpet tacks are rusty, the area has been damaged by water at some point. It is capable of growing on the under-side of the carpet itself, as well as on either side of the carpet padding, which is located underneath the carpet. It can even be between the carpet padding and the subflooring, or even on the under side of the subflooring.
Another place to look is underneath wallpaper beneath windows where water has leaked down, or under wallpaper in the bathroom. Mold can grow on the wallpaper backing, and even on wallpaper glue if the areas got wet. Check on the underside of drawers that might have gotten damp (for instance, bathroom drawers). Even furniture can get moldy. Often, the underside of a piece of furniture will have an un-painted or un-varnished wood surface, which is another spot that it can grow. Pool tables are often made of un-finished wood surfaces such as chipboard on their undersides and can harbor mold as well. You should also check underneath and behind bathroom cabinets. Pretty much anywhere there is moisture, you can also find mold.
Finally, anywhere you have a leaking pipe should checked. If there is a stain on the outside of your drywall, it is more than likely a result of a leaky pipe. If there is such a stain in your home, you should call a repairman, experienced mold removal technician to investigate the possibility of mold in your drywall. Or, you can check for the mold yourself by cutting a small hole in the wall with a drywall knife to look for mold. By doing this you can visually check for mold, and also check if the insulation is damp, indicating a leak.
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