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How To Inspect Your Home For Water Damage and Mold

Jun 25, 2008
Almost every home needs to go through a mold inspection at one point or another, since the likelihood of mold growing in your home is very high. This is a very common problem and while this is true, a lot of people do not know how to properly check for mold growth around their home without calling in a professional to help them. There are a number of places that you should look first for mold growth, but you will not always be able to find it with the naked eye. Before calling in a professional, look around for these signs of possible mold in your home.

The first place that you need to inspect on a regular basis for mold is the kitchen. This needs to be one of the cleanest rooms in your home simply because it is the room where all of your food is prepared and we all know not to eat moldy food out of the refrigerator, so why not check outside the refrigerator for mold, too? Mold becomes a problem in the kitchen when the steam that comes off the stove is absorbed by the ceiling for long periods of time. You should have an exhaust fan installed here to help get rid of this excess moisture.

Your basement can also be a breeding ground for mold if it has humidity issues. You can help with this problem by installing a dehumidifier or just some exhaust vents that lead to the outside of the house. If the laundry room is in the basement, you should make sure that your dryer is properly vented to let that heat and moisture outside, as well.

You really want to avoid having carpet in any wet area of your house, whether it is the kitchen, the laundry room, or the bathroom, since any one of these rooms can have a large spill of water. Bathtubs, dishwashers, and washing machines all overflow at some point or another and carpet becomes molded after a short period of being exposed to moisture. Once the padding underneath becomes molded, it has to be completely replaced, since it cannot be cleaned.

Something else you want to do is make sure the flooring in the bathroom and kitchen is completely sealed so water does not come into contact with the sub-floor and cause it to become molded. It will eventually rot and cause your floor to collapse.
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