Mold can form anywhere it finds moisture and once it has taken hold, can send out airborne spores which will allow it to spread throughout your home. The most toxic form of mold is black mold, which has been tied to multiple health problems.
The best defense against mold is knowledge-understanding where and how mold forms is the key to effective prevention. Mold forms easily in dark, damp places, which often makes it hard to find. Some common areas where mold is likely to form are behind walls, inside closets, in bathrooms, underneath sinks, or anywhere else that features moisture and darkness.
If you suspect the presence of mold in your home, it is a good idea to contact a company that specializes in mold removal. They will be specially trained in removing all traces of mold, allowing you to rest easy knowing that your family is safe from the presence of any potentially toxic mold.
Once the mold has been removed, there are some simple guidelines you can follow to control mold growth in the future and prevent the formation of any more black mold. First, make sure that you do not have any water leaking in your home. Some common areas where water can leak undetected are washing machines and underneath bathroom or kitchen sinks. Make sure that your washing machine hose is draining effectively outside the home and water is not pooling up underneath the machine. Use a flashlight to visually inspect underneath all of your sinks looking for any damp spots. If you locate any problem areas, fix them immediately. Mold can form in less than 24 hours, so it is not a good idea to delay making any needed repairs. Another area that is commonly overlooked is ensuring that any combustion appliances are well ventilated. Combustion appliances include things such as space heaters, ovens, furnaces and water heaters. Because the combustion process produces water vapor, you want to make sure there is adequate ventilation.
By taking the steps listed above, you will be well on your way to preventing any mold infestations in the future.