Mold is no joke. Plenty of people are allergic to this common sludge, and when unwanted moisture seeps throughout your home, the resulting spores might cause undue stress for the members of your household and guests. In addition, leaving these kinds of fungi throughout your home isn't good for your house and can cause headaches – sometimes literally – down the line.
What kinds of mold are there?
There are more than 100,000 types of mold, including allergenic, pathogenic and toxic kinds. The most common indoor molds include alternaria, mucor, penicillium and aspergillius varieties. Alternaria, the culprit behind hay fever, is found all across the world as the most common type of contaminant. This one in particular causes allergies and may result in hay fever upon inhalation.
Where should you look?
Damp areas offer the perfect ecosystem for mold to develop. Here are the top places that you should check for mold if you think there may be some in your home:
Air conditioning drain pan: The pan beneath the AC unit may not drain properly, leading to condensation and, if left unchecked, even intake-clogging dirt.
Ductwork: The air coming in from outside can contain a high level of moisture, so it's critical that the ductwork be properly ventilated in order to prevent this moisture sticking around for very long. Damaged insulation and improperly ventilated ducts could lead to mold development in these areas.
In the kitchen: This is a no-brainer. Your refrigerator drip pan, dish drying rack and cabinet beneath the kitchen sink are all places where mold might hide. Make sure to keep the kitchen clean and dry in order to prevent these kinds of problems.
How do I identify mold growth?
Mold can be any number of colors, from green to white to black or brown. Basically, if you see anything growing on your carpet or under your sink that looks like it doesn't belong there, you should have it tested. Identifying mold may not just be about what it looks like, either. When guests and family members start to have allergic reactions that don't seem to have a verifiable source, you may want to consider the possibility that a legion of allergenic spores have taken root in your ductwork.
If you suspect that mold may be taking up residence in your home, don't hesitate to contact the experts at Roto-Rooter for more information and to schedule a consultation.
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