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5 Common Hiding Places for Mold

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Checking These Five Key Hiding Places

Mold is a tenacious fungus to get rid of once it takes up residence in your building. The best way to handle it is to prevent mold growth in the first place. Make the correct preventative measures and protect your building in Banning, CA, by routinely checking these five key hiding places.

1. The underside of the ceiling tiles: Ceiling tiles are porous and absorb moisture quite well. Unfortunately, this makes for an ideal breeding ground for mold spores. A leaky roof can also result in water damage that eventually leads to mold.

2. Any electrical sockets or equipment: Electrical equipment, such as sockets, circuit breakers, light fixtures and other devices generate heat. In a high humidity environment, that heat creates condensation that attracts mold.

3. Paper products: If there's one thing that offices have a lot of, it's paper. Paper products that have been exposed to moisture are at risk for mold. Always store paper products in humidity-controlled environments.

4. Carpeting: Carpet readily traps dirt and other deposits floating in the air. This includes both moisture and, you guessed it, mold spores. Mold in carpet isn't always visible, either. You might have to lift up the upholstery to check underneath the carpet for mold growth.

5. Air ducts: In the hotter months, a building's air ducts can generate a lot of moisture as cool air is pumped in to regulate the building's temperature. If the moisture condenses, or there's a leak in the ductwork, moisture can accumulate on the insulation and attract mold spores.
While it's important to thoroughly check these five places, it's still possible for mold growth to occur anywhere conditions are favorable. Regular mold inspections can definitely help prevent the issue, but you might still end up coming across a mold problem one day or another. If this is the case, make sure to contact mold remediation experts to help resolve the problem.

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