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Where Am I Likely to Find Black Mold in My Home?

Where Am I Likely to Find Black Mold in My Home? - Barbara Johnson

Black mold is one of the most serious concerns for homeowners. Not only can it cause serious damage to the home, but these spores can do a lot of damage to your health as well. Once they get in the breed quickly, and can become airborne quickly, meaning they can move around your house rather freely, especially if you have central air. Before you know it you can have a whole home that has become a breeding ground for these dangerous organisms.

The problem is that you may not know you have black mold until it may be far too late. A lot of times the only remedy for getting rid of black mold is a complete removal of all the affected areas and often the homeowner will call a company that does mold removal in Montreal to perform the chore. This can mean that if it has really spread that you may have to remove entire sections of wall, carpeting, and much more. It can be truly disastrous to say the least.

Finding the black mold becomes a priority, but many people don’t even start looking until they have some. This means you need to be proactive and start looking now, even if you have no reason to believe that you may have an issue.

The places to start looking are in areas that no one really goes too much. This includes crawl spaces, the attic, and in closets. Why these are such good breeding grounds is quite simple. It starts with the fact that you would not normally notice mold there because people are not in these areas a lot, so mold can get going easily. Also, if there was a small leak of some kind, you would likely not notice it, meaning the mold has its home to breed in.

While this may be inconvenient, one of the best ways to check for mold in the walls is to pull out the edging board that is along the bottom of the wall that is used to hold the carpet in place. Often times black mold will start to grow behind here.

You also need to look behind appliances and other items that are rarely moved. This is especially true behind the dishwasher, where water is very likely to build up. You should also check under the sink in the bathrooms and kitchen. The smallest leak can create a great opportunity for mold to develop and so it pays to be smart about making a check every few months.


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Barbara Johnson is a Ontario businesswoman, speaker and blogger specializing in social networking strategies. She holds a Master of Science in ECommerce from the University of Toronto.