In a moist and musty basement you may easily be able to spot patches of mold growth on walls, ceilings, and floors. But there are some places inside your residence where mold may fly under the radar. Here are two more of them.
Attics can be incubators for mold growth due to poor ventilation that results from improper design, or blocked or non-functioning vents. When ventilation isn’t sufficient the humidity that rises from within your home, or from the environment, settles into the attic and doesn’t escape. When your attic cools off in the evening that humidity condenses—and when provided with a moist environment, a food source, and room temperature conditions mold can begin to grow in as little as two days. Condensation can also form on HVAC ductwork and on uninsulated pipes.
At one time or another everyone experiences some type of water issue, or even flooding, as a result of their washing machine. Oftentimes, the unit’s drain hose may slip out of the drain pipe, or the hose may leak. A slow leak that goes undetected for an extended period of time can result in significant mold growth and extensive damage.
While your focus may be on your washing machine, be aware that clothes dryers can cause moisture problems, too, if they are not properly vented. Be sure that your vent exhausts to the outside of your home, and not into your attic. Also, be mindful to have your dryer vent checked often for clogs. A clogged vent will cause your unit to function improperly and increase the humidity inside your home, as well as create a fire hazard.
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