SPRINGTIME MOLD--As part of any spring cleaning routine a homeowner should pay attention for signs of mold. Mold is a fungus that usually forms in areas where moisture becomes trapped.
After a winter of heavy snow and ice, mold can be a particular problem. Rapidly melting snow and ice can saturate the ground and make flooding more likely. If water floods your home, not only does it damage possessions, it can form the conditions for rapid mold growth.
How do you know if you have a mold problem? According to the New York Department of Health, you can usually detect it with you eyes or your nose. Mold growth might appear as slightly furry, discolored, or slimy patches that increase in size as they grow. They also produce a musty odor that may be the first indication of a problem.
To find mold examine areas for visible signs of mold growth or water staining. If that fails, follow your nose to the source of the odor. If you can see or smell mold, you can assume you have a mold problem. Other clues may include excess moisture and water damage. It may be necessary to look behind and underneath surfaces, such as carpets, wallpaper, cabinets, and walls.
Some areas of your home seem to be mold magnets. For example, you can often find mold on the seal of the refrigerator door, on shower curtains or on window moldings. Surfaces on and around air conditioners are also favorite mold locations.