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Where Does Mold Grow?

Where does mold grow in your home or business? Whether in your house or at your business, mold spores are impossible to ignore. However, there are dangerous types of mold that can wreak havoc on your home, your health, or your business.

So, where does mold grow frequently?  We asked the experts at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, and this is what they shared.

5 Places You May Find Mold

#1: Air Ducts

Monitoring your HVAC system is, perhaps, one of the most important places to be on the lookout for mold. Air ducts have the ability to disperse harmful mold spores all around your home or business, encouraging its growth in different places.

 #2: In the Basement

Unfinished basements are notorious for their signature musty smell. Often dark, damp, and improperly ventilated, they can be a breeding ground for mold, says SERVPRO. Check around pipes and ductwork, sump pumps, windows, and vents. To prevent future growth, repair leaky pipes and waterproof the exterior of your basement.

 #3: On Walls and Ceilings

Mold can often grow out of sight behind walls and on the other side of the ceiling. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple way to detect growth within the walls, however, there may be the following signs:

  • A musty, earthly smell
  • Condensation on the walls
  • Peeling or moist wallpaper

 #4: In Shower Tile and Grout

You’re not the only one who loves a long, hot shower. Mold is, ironically, most often found where we get clean. Because your shower often stays damp, it’s a perfect storm for mold to grow on tiles and grout, according to the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO. It isn’t always visible, so be sure to do a thorough clean with bleach and water.

 #5: In Upholstery

Yes, upholstery, too! Mold spores can become trapped and grow within the fibers of your carpet, couches, pillows, curtains, furniture, and more. Anything with a porous surface can have mold growing from within. Damp fabric soon turns into mildew. And once mildew forms, mold is well on its way. Wash bed linens weekly and routinely clean curtains and upholstered furniture.

Do you suspect mold growth in your home or business? The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties are well trained and experienced in mold remediation and restoration. Contact them today to learn how they can rescue your property and make it — Like it never even happened.®