Mold thrives in warm, moist environments. But that doesn't make it a summertime only problem. You may still need mold restoration services in the fall or winter months. Luckily, professional remediation can remove the problem and keep your home clean and clear. Before assuming that those summer spores have gone away, take a look at the sneaky places where mold can hide during the winter months.
Under the Sink
A leaking pipe or misaligned sink strainer basket can cause water to leak from your kitchen sink into the closed cabinet below. The dark, warm, suddenly damp environment is the perfect setting for spores to take hold and multiply. If you don't regularly open your under the sink cabinet, chances are you won't even know the mold is there until you start to smell a musty scent.
Along with removing the mold, you also need to repair the source of the leak. If you allow water to leak back into the cabinet, it's likely that you'll end up with a repeat problem.
Below the Carpet
Soggy, snow or rain-soaked shoes and boots can track water into your home and onto your rugs. If you don't have mats near the entry doors, you're running the risk of inviting mold to grow. Before your carpets completely dry out, the water can sink through and into the pad underneath.
Sandwiched between the floor and the rug, the pad may stay warm and hold the moisture. Water that's caught in the carpet pad can support mold growth. A professional mold restoration company can assess the situation, confirming if there is (or isn't) mold in this hidden-away space. If they do find hidden mold, they'll recommend a treatment plan.
Heat rises, giving an attic the warmth mold needs to grow. If your attic is overly insulated or has little venting, the temperature and the humidity may both rise. Fall and wintertime mold can grow in unopened attics, infesting almost anything made from cloth or paper that you're storing in the space.
Again, you'll need a professional to evaluate the possible problem and help you to take the next step. You may need to discard items that are growing mold (such as boxes of books or stored clothing). Along with removing individual items, you'll need a professional to remediate any mold that's lingering on flooring, walls or anywhere else.
Mold is a year-round problem that has a year-round solution. When the mercury dips, look (or smell) for mold in hidden spaces such as under the sink, in carpet padding or in the attic above your head. If you do find the invader, a mold restoration contractor such as Disaster Professionals can remove the problem from your home.