Mold is a sneaky fungus that hides in the weirdest places in your home. From your fridge to your washing machine to your mattress, mold can grow anywhere there’s moisture and darkness. Be sure to inspect these unexpected places regularly to keep your home mold-free and healthy.
Most people are aware of the common places where mold can grow, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and attics. However, there are also some strangest places where mold can be found in your home.
Here are some weird places where mold can be found in your home:
Chimneys are often damp and dark, which makes them ideal for mold growth. Mold can grow on the bricks, mortar, and other surfaces inside the chimney. It can also grow on the flue liner, which is the pipe that carries smoke and other gasses out of the chimney.
🦠Refrigerator drip pan
The drip pan under your refrigerator collects water from condensation and spills. If the drip pan is not cleaned regularly, mold can grow on the water and other debris. You may want to consider looking at and cleaning the water and ice dispenser too.
🦠Inside the refrigerator
Mold can grow on the shelves and drawers of the refrigerator, especially if there is a spill or leak. It can also grow on food that has been left in the refrigerator for too long.
Mold can grow in the water reservoir, the filter basket, and the carafe of the coffee maker.
Washing machines can be a breeding ground for mold. Mold can grow on the rubber gasket around the door, the detergent dispenser, and the inside of the machine itself. If you don’t clean your washing machine regularly, mold can start to grow and spread.
Air conditioners can also be a source of mold growth. Mold can grow on the coils, fins, and other surfaces inside the air conditioner. If you don’t clean your air conditioner regularly, mold can start to grow and spread throughout your home. It’s also a good idea have your central air ducts professionally cleaned, change the filter every 90 days or less, and install UV light.
🦠Drywall and wallpaper
Mold can grow behind drywall and wallpaper, especially if there is a water leak or other source of moisture. Mold can also grow on the back of wallpaper if it is not properly sealed.
Houseplants can be a source of mold growth if they are overwatered or not properly drained. Mold can grow on the soil, roots, and leaves of houseplants.
Other strange places where mold can be found in your home include:
- Pet food and water bowls
- Toys – especially bath toys!
- Air ducts
If you find mold in your home, it is important to clean it up immediately. Mold can cause health problems, such as allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections. It can also damage your home.
What can you do to prevent mold growth in your home?
- Fix any leaks in your plumbing or roof.
- Use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
- Ventilate your home properly.
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Avoid overwatering your houseplants.
- Keep humidity level under 60%
- Inspect your home regularly for mold growth or call Bio Pro a licensed Mold Inspector to do a thorough home inspection.
By following these tips, you can help to prevent mold growth in your home and protect your family’s health.