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Your Drain Service In Los Angeles And Mold

It is widely known that mold in your home can make you and your family sick. That is never a good thing. There are some people who are allergic to mold and have bad reactions when in close proximity to it.

There are plenty of places that you might expect to find mold, like in your bathroom or the crawlspace. But there are also a lot of places not as obvious where mold could be lurking and growing in your home.

In fact, there could be mold in parts of your house right now and you have no idea. For example, you could have a leaky pipe under your sink that is dripping water into your crawl space and causing mold.

American Drain Company, your drain service in Los Angeles, takes a closer look at where you might find mold growing in your home.

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WALLPAPER

Believe it or not, there is a chance there is mold under that wallpaper in the bedroom. Of course, you will never know unless you start to peel it off. Luckily for you, there are better ways to check for mold under wallpaper.

If your wallpaper is peeling or smells kind of funky, it could be a sign of mold. And if there is mold under your wallpaper, it is best to have a professional clean it up.

In order to prevent mold from growing under wallpaper, you should treat the wall with a mold-resistant primer. In addition, it is not a good idea to place wallpaper in rooms that get a lot of moisture, like your bathroom for example.

ATTIC

If you have a leak in your roof or water is getting in through another way, then you probably have mold in your attic. Mold spores thrive in dark and damp places that have little airflow.

You should take the time to inspect your attic on a regular basis. If you have a leaky roof, get that fixed right away. It is also a good idea to have your roof checked by a professional about once a year.

AIR CONDITIONERS

Condensation is the culprit that causes mold to form in your AC unit. Your air conditioner sucks air from outside, which contains pollen and dirt, which are attractive materials for mold.

The best way to prevent mold from growing in your AC unit is to run it every day, even if you just turn it on for 10 or 15 minutes a day. If you won’t be using your air conditioner for a period of time, it is best if you remove it from the window, clean it thoroughly and store it in a dry place.

WASHING MACHINES

Front-load washing machines are all the rage. They are very efficient. But they are also notorious for mold growth. There is a gasket around the door that gets wet when the machine is in use, but never dries because the door stays closed even after use. This is the perfect condition for mold growth.

To avoid mold growth, you should leave the door open after the cycle is done to let things dry out. You can also wipe down the door gasket with bleach to kill any mold that might be growing.

CHIMNEYS

There is always a chance that water has leaked into your chimney, even if it is capped off. Rain, leaves and other organic materials find their way into the chimney, which contributes to ideal conditions for mold to grow and thrive.

To prevent mold from forming in your chimney, have it capped off by a professional and have it cleaned on a regular basis.

CARPETS AND PADS

Moisture from wet crawl spaces and concrete floors can make its way into your carpet pad and carpet. If you have pets that occasionally have accidents on the carpet, this can increase the chances of mold.

The easiest way to keep mold from growing in your carpet is to clean it often. In addition to weekly vacuuming, you should be having your carpet steam cleaned on a regular basis.

The American Drain Company team strives to ensure your plumbing needs are handled with speed and unmatched efficiency. Give us a call today and see what we can do for you.