The word MOLD has become what nightmares are made of for homeowners and investors. By now, I am sure your own research has led you to the knowledge that the mold you see is not your biggest problem, it’s the mold that you cannot see that is lurking in the corners of your mind, creeping its way into your dreams, and robbing you of peaceful sleep. That is most homeowner’s problem. BUT, maybe that is just me. As a Mold Assessor and Remediator I have seen and dealt with mold issues in my own personal homes, starting with the first home we purchased as a newly married couple. It is because of these experiences that I became a Licensed Mold Assessor and Remediator.  

Even recently, my wife came to me and said she would like to schedule an

appointment with me for a Comprehensive Mold Inspection to be done in

our home. She said it jokingly, but with that glint in her eye that as her

husband I have learned means she won’t take “NO” for an answer. When I

asked her reasoning, she simply said, “Because we have had 2 rounds of

sinus/cold like symptoms pass thru this home in one month.” For my family,

increased sinus issues indicate that we have been exposed to abnormal

indoor mold growth. Sure enough, to my surprise, I started checking what I

call “Hot Spots” for mold growth within the home, and the first one revealed

the problem. What appeared as a small spot of surface mold on the inside

of a cabinet ended up being the only visible area of a 12 FT long by 4.5 FT

high hidden mold issue. At some point a pipe had cracked inside our kitchen

wall and had been slowly leaking through the brick into the back of our

kitchen cabinets. 

It was during this time as news of our mold infestation begin to spread

throughout our network of friends and family that the questions begin

about what I considered “Hot-Spots” for mold growth within the home.

To answer this question effectively, the ground work to have a proper indoor mold discussion needs to be set. First, let me set your mind at ease. Mold should never be the thing you have nightmares about. It can be treated, and it

can be avoided. Mold is not always toxic or poisonous, but some species can produce mycotoxins that can cause serious health issues, and other species can cause allergic reactions in people.

Mold is a fungus that grows best in warm, damp, and humid locations. It can survive indoors at any time of the year. It spreads by producing tiny spores that are released into the air. If these spores land on a damp spot, and if the conditions within the home are right, then they will begin to grow.

The best way to control indoor mold growth is to control the moisture and humidity levels within your home.
Let’s talk about where mold is most likely to grow within your home. These are known as the “Hot Spots”

Mold Growth "Hot Spots" In Visible Areas:                    

  • Around windows where moisture can get in thru

         gaps in caulk or where condensation gathers.

  • Leaky sinks or pipes.
  • Crawlspaces that are not properly vented or sealed.
  • Bathroom floor and shower tile.
  • In or near shower and tub areas.
  • Exposed insulation facing in attics.
  • Washing machines. Especially front load washers.
  • Dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, or water filters.
  • Hot water heaters.
  • HVAC drip pans.
  • Roof seams or transitions.
  • Excessive dust

Another key thing to remember when you are walking thru

your home is that mold is not always black in color. It can

be gray, white, brown, yellow, green, or black. It can appear

as discoloration, look like rust on carpet or walls, some

species looks like white spots or a powder coating.

Mold can give off a musty or earthy odor. If you smell this

throughout your home, or in one area, then it could be a

sign that mold is present and just hiding where you can’t see.

Preventing Indoor Mold Growth:

To keep mold from growing in your home, the CDC & EPA recommend the following:

  • Clean up all water leaks, spills, and prevent areas of condensation in your home promptly. Mold cannot grow in a dry environment.
  • Keep your gutters clean so they don’t back up, creating standing water on your roof.
  • Make sure the exterior landscaping around your home’s foundation is sloped so that water drains away from the foundation.
  • Make sure your HVAC drip pans and drain lines are clean and unclogged.
  • Monitor your indoor humidity level. Keep the humidity under 50%. You can buy a humidity monitor at any local hardware store or online.
  • Keep kitchens and bathrooms well ventilated by turning on exhaust fans when cooking and showering.
  • Do not carpet areas where moisture is likely, such as bathrooms, entry ways, and basements.

What should I do if I identify a Mold Problem in my home?

Remember, not every black spot or suspicious staining is mold. However, if the conditions are right within your home with a moisture and food source present, then most likely it is mold. If it is a small area that you have identified you can certainly try and handle the situation yourself as a homeowner.

Keep these 5 points in mind:

  1. You must fix the source of the moisture intrusion or humidity issue first. There is no sense in addressing the mold issue until you have first fixed the moisture problem.
  2. Make sure you use proper containment so the spores are not able to spread throughout the home and colonize elsewhere.
  3. KILZ paint does not kill, eliminate, or prevent mold growth. It is a stain blocker. If the mold growth you see is an active mold colony, and the conditions are still right, then the mold will continue to grow, mycotoxins and spores will continue to be released, and eventually the discoloration caused from the mold growth will reappear.
  4. Bleach does not kill mold. Again, there is a gross misunderstanding about bleach and its role in mold remediation. Bleach will remove the stain and color of mold, but it does not kill or remove the problem. Simple Example: If it killed the mold, then why doesn’t your shower cleaner containing bleach keep it from coming back every week? The answer is simple, the problem was not resolved, the issue is still there, and the cleaner is simply bleaching the color away, NOT REMOVING OR ELIMATING THE MOLD.
  5. The CDC and EPA both recommend that if your mold issue is larger than 10 SF you hire a professional remediator to address the problem. Remember what you might see on the surface could be a part of a larger colony hidden behind the walls or cabinets. 

Before any homeowner addresses a mold issue in their home, we always recommend a comprehensive inspection to be done to identity any other areas of concern as well, and to establish just how severe the issue is. Just as I stated in the beginning of this article, our latest mold issue at first glance to the untrained eye, looked like a simple surface mold issue, but my years of experience told me it was not that simple, and using my knowledge along with the latest technology and tools in the business, we uncovered the truth that this was a Condition 3 Mold Remediation. We moved quickly, calling in our team, set up the proper containment, with negative air filtration, and got to work.

I overheard my wife talking later to a friend. The friend asked her if she was upset and how was she handling it. My wife laughed and said, “This is what we do! I am just thankful we have the experience and knowledge needed to handle this situation. It wasn’t always this way, and there was a time we wouldn’t have made the connection between our health issues and a mold problem. It is because of our experiences and the knowledge we gained through research and training that we are now able to help others quickly identify an issue, or handle their remediation.”

She is right. Mold is what we do.

Call Today to Schedule Your Comprehensive Mold Inspection or Indoor Air Quality Testing: 1-727-755-6776

"Hot Spots" In Not So Visible Areas: 

  • Behind wallpaper or paneling.
  • Top side of ceiling tiles.
  • Under carpets and pads.
  • Inside access panels and around pipes.
  • Surface of walls behind furniture where condensation might have formed.
  • Inside ductwork.
  • In roofing materials above the ceiling due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation.
  • Back side of drywall.
  • Behind baseboards.
  • Behind Cabinet kickplates.
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