Winter Storms: How to Check for Mold
We know what you’re thinking, it’s Arizona, how bad could our “Winter Storms” really be? Although we may not get the blizzards that the northeast does, we still have our problems to worry about. We could have an epic El Nino event on our hands this winter- so you should know how to check for mold.
What’s an El Nino?
The phenomenon known as El Niño refers to the warming of an area of the central Pacific Ocean that can impact weather patterns throughout the world. In the drought-stricken Southwest, El Niño winters are welcomed because they bring the potential for more rain and snow. Meteorologists had predicted there to be an El Nino event last winter but it simply never came. This time around it’s even more likely and could be even stronger.
Well since there is more rain coming, Deer Valley Plumbing wants to make sure you know how to check for mold. Even minor leaks can lead to mold so we thought we would give you a list of what to do when you’re worried about mold.
How to Check for Mold
Step 1: Moisture
Moisture is the most important condition for the successful spread of mold, so it should be the very first thing to look out for. Humidity is a primary cause of indoor moisture, and indoor humidity fluctuates much more frequently than outdoor humidity. Keep an eye out in locations such as under the sink or in the basement.
Step 2: Water Damage
If you live in a climate that floods often, your house may suffer water damage. If you had a water pipe burst recently and the water was not cleaned up properly, you may find a mold problem in that general area. Inspect water-damaged areas carefully for potential mold growth.
Step 3: Check Ceilings and Walls
The spacing between walls and the spacing above ceilings are prime locations for the growth of mold, especially because those locations tend to be sealed off, thus trapping moisture. Furthermore, home piping tends to drip and leak in the areas between walls, adding further to the moisture. Mold growing in these areas will continue to spread and will eventually become exposed on the visible sides of the walls and ceilings, so you will want to catch it before it spreads too much.
Step 4: Check Shower Curtains in Bathrooms
Dirt and grime that washes off of your body has a tendency to mix with shampoo and soap residue, ultimately collecting on the shower curtains. Unless you wipe down your shower curtains after every shower, there will be excess moisture that allows mold to grow on the curtains.
Step 5: Check Air Ducts
If your house has central cooling or central heating, your ducts and vents will experience fluctuations in humidity and moisture. Because of the constant mixture of hot and cold air, moisture tends to condense on cooling coils and collects in drain pans. If the condensation or pooled water grows too stagnant, it can become a prime location for the growth of mold.
Call The Experts
If you are worried about how to check for mold in your home, contact Deer Valley Plumbing today! Deer Valley has maintained the highest plumbing standards for Phoenix, AZ as well as the surrounding cities including Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Glendale, Peoria, Chandler and Apache Junction.
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