How to check your home for mould

Mould is a harmful fungus that will grow in damp and dark corners of the house. It can damage your home and have a negative effect on your family's health, especially if anyone has allergies or respiratory problems. Here are some tips on how to check if mould is present in your home.

Look in the basement

Basements are one of the most common places for mould, as they tend to attract dampness and humidity. Look for black or green stains on the walls, especially in the corners of the ceilings. It can also build up behind any appliances, particularly if they use water. Use a torch to inspect these areas thoroughly. Also look out for a musty smell in the basement, as this can be a sign of mould.

Check sinks and bathrooms

Looking under your sinks is especially important if there is any kind of cabinet underneath them, as the enclosed space can easily become damp and will then be a breeding ground for mould. Check the space as thoroughly as you can, and look out again for a musty odour. Bathtubs and showers can also attract mould if they are not well ventilated — check your shower curtains in particular, opening them out fully to inspect the whole area.

Check your ducts

Heating and air conditioning ducts are also dangerous areas. They can easily retain moisture and attract mould. Look inside them carefully, using a mirror to help you see in inaccessible areas. This is particularly important as your HVAC system can spread mould around the house if there is any buildup within its ducts.

Check the washer and dryer

You will also need to check around your washer and dryer. Mould can build up behind or underneath them if there is not adequate ventilation. Look in particular at the duct from your dryer to make sure there are no holes or gaps in the duct.

Look at the windows

Windows are one of the more obvious places where mould can accumulate. They are prone to condensation, especially if your house is not properly insulated. This can lead to black mould forming around the edges of the panes or on the frames themselves, especially if they are wooden.

These are simple checks, but if you suspect you have mould, the best thing to do is to call in a mould inspection and remediation service, who will be able to identify where mould is growing and remove it. Contact a local company for information about mould removal.

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