When you own your own home, the responsibility lies with you to make sure that it doesn't become infested with mold. You're going to be the one that bears the cost of the repairs, unless you have homeowner's insurance that will cover it. It's easy to overlook sources of mold, though, because some aren't readily apparent. In this article, we'll cover a few places where you may find evidence of mold that is sufficient to suggest that you should have a professional test the house for mold.
Most of the time, the places in your home that will be prone to mold will be those areas that are water junctions. In other words, rooms where water is brought into the house, whether it's the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or other utility room attached to your home. Mold occurs easily anywhere pipes are exposed inside the house, because the pipes automatically bring moisture, either due to leaks or due to condensation. Check under your sinks for mold buildup in the bottom cabinet. Any time you have mold, you're going to want a professional like Damage Control 911 to fix it for you.
So, keep a check on your clothes washer, first of all. Leaks are commonly found behind the washer and they're usually undetected, because the area behind the washer isn't inspected often. If you have a pile of dirty clothes around the base of the machine, it can hide a leak, so keep that area clear so you don't miss anything. Always remember, it's the hidden hotspots of water damage that can lead to explosive mold growth.
The floor around the dishwasher should be checked regularly, also, because dishwashers are prone to leaking around the base. If you notice your dishwasher leaking, you should have it repaired immediately, because water damaged flooring is much more expensive long term.
If your home stays humid, this can also create the high possibility that mold exists somewhere in your house. Check the air vents around your house to see if any condensation has built up.
Bathrooms are hot spots for mold, particularly in those that don't have any proper ventilation. Even if your bathroom has a window in it, you should still have an exhaust fan installed as well. Steam will settle on the ceiling for a long time before the moisture eventually makes its way out of an open window. It's better that it's pulled out of the room as it forms with a vent.
Closets that are overly packed with clothing can also end up with mold due to lack of air circulation and humidity. If air can't move around the closet, it becomes stuffy and moist. When that moisture settles on the clothing, it creates mold.