Mold is a fungus and once it builds up in your home it can be in a variety of colors, including black, green, and white. Once mold starts growing in your home, it spreads if not cleaned properly. Mold can also make you and your family sick. This is especially true if someone in your home has asthma or allergies. Below are three places you could possibly find mold in your home.
You can find mold in your HVAC system. There is usually standing water in drain pans for long periods, and mold loves places that have a lot of moisture. If you see mold in your drain pan, you may also have mold inside the parts within your HVAC system. This is usually due to a water leak. The best thing for you to do is to call an HVAC technician to service your system to find out where the leak is located and repair it.
You should also have the HVAC technician clean your HVAC ducts to remove any mold that may be growing in them. If you have a lot of mold, you should contact a professional mold specialist. Have your HVAC system checked on a regular basis to not only prolong its life but to prevent mold in the future.
Where there is humidity there will be moisture build up. If you have rainy weather for several days in a row, you may see mold growing on things outside, such as benches, chairs, or even on the walls of your home. High humidity outside can also cause the humidity to go up inside your home and when this happens mold has the perfect place to grow.
Do not dry your clothes inside on a stand or a line. Because they are wet, moisture gets into the air and causes the humidity to go up. Talk with your HVAC technician to see if your HVAC system includes a dehumidifier to keep the humidity down in your home. If not, ask them to install one in your system.
You also may have leaky pipes in your home, and may not even realize it. This is because some leaks are very small. Even though they are small, they can cause mold growth inside your walls. Hire a plumber to check the pipes in your home to make sure that they do not have any leaks if you suspect that you have a constant mold problem.
If you live in an area where the humidity is high much of the time, purchase a standalone dehumidifier to keep inside your home to help with the humidity.
For more information on eradicating mold, contact a professional like those at Advanced Air Quality Services.