Wondering how to find mold in your house, as in, the whole house? Read our article and learn about five hidden spots you should look check for mold.
Mold may seem harmless, but it can cause some serious health conditions if you share your home with it.
But you can’t always see or smell the mold in your home, so what are you supposed to do about the problem? We’ve put together this guide to teach you how to find mold in your house even if you can’t see it.
So let’s get started!
- Behind the Wallpaper
You might not notice any mold spots on your wallpaper until it gets really bad, but it can start growing behind your wallpaper without you even knowing. This is especially likely if your wallpaper is old and starting to peel on the edges.
Try lifting a small corner of the wallpaper to check behind it. However, this might not be enough to see anything. If you think you have a mold problem, it’s a good idea to remove the wallpaper, look around for restoration companies, and replace it with something new.
- In the Attic
Your attic is full of dust, water pipes, and warm, stuffy air. This makes it the perfect breeding ground for mold.
If you get a small leak in your roof, the first place the water will go is your attic. This can ruin your insulation lead to wild mold growth. You should poke your head in your attic every few months to check for any signs of mold growth.
- Inside Your Air Conditioner
Your air conditioner isn’t just full of cold air. It can also be full of condensation. On top of this, the air your system sucks in from outside is full of debris like dirt and dust. This all encourages mold growth.
The problem is this mold grows inside your unit or in the ductwork, so you won’t be able to see it. If you smell a musty scent coming from your air conditioner vents, mold is probably the culprit. You’ll have to call in a professional to clean it out.
- Inside the Washing Machine
Does your washing machine smell a little funky?
It’s likely full of mold, especially if you have a front-loading model. Every time you close the door after running a load, you’re locking all the remaining moisture inside. With nowhere else to go, it can lead to mildew and mold growth.
Make sure you leave your washing machine door open for an hour or so after doing the laundry. Otherwise, all your clothes will start to smell musty, too.
- Along the Windowsills
This might seem like an obvious spot, but mold can often grow along your windowsill without you noticing. And the condensation and dirt that build up on windowsills can quickly bread mold.
Check the edges of your windowsill for any discoloration. Even if you don’t see anything “fuzzy,” this could be the first signs of mold.
Do your best to open the windows any time you see condensation forming on the glass.
How to Find Mold in Your House
Mold isn’t always obvious. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Make sure you follow this guide to learn how to find mold in your house that doesn’t want to be found.
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