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Mold Growth: 5 Overlooked Places

Philadelphia mold remediation

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If you want to find mold, you know exactly where to look. Basements, showers, storage areas…old fruit in the fridge. But what about those forgotten, discreet places where you wouldn’t think to investigate? As your reliable restoration company that specializes in Philadelphia mold damage remediation, we’re going to tell you where to look! Prevent future mold damage now by removing mold in these out-of-view areas:

1. Underside of the toilet tank. We clean our toilet bowls frequently, but how often do we check the underside of the tank? Moisture lingers here, and mold could very possibly be forming. If you see mold, scrub it with bleach and water — and open a window or door for ventilation. Make sure you do this in times of high outdoor humidity.

2. Under your refrigerator. If you have a frost-free refrigerator and freezer, be warned! Your freezer isn’t actually “frost-free.” The frost is melted during a heating cycle, and the water accumulates in a pan at the bottom. That standing water can breed mold and bacteria, and the air movement can release this bacteria into your kitchen! Keep your coils cleaned — at least once a year — to get rid of mold spores, pollen, and dander, and to keep your fridge functioning properly.

3. Washing machines. Mold can grow inside the rubber gaskets on the doors of washing machines, and detergent trays can stay damp between cycles as well, causing mold growth. Make sure you keep the detergent tray open when you’re not using the machine, and keep the gasket bottom dry by wiping it down when you’re finished.

4. Ductwork. Leaks in your ductwork can let moist air escape to unconditioned spaces, and damaged insulation can cause moisture to condense on duct exteriors. Make sure the air-flow rates are within the design range — if the rates are too high, cooling coil moisture can accumulate on interior surfaces. Duct interior surfaces should be inspected on a regular basis. Beware of leaks!

5. Cavity Walls. Cavity walls are one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to mold growth. Moisture can easily get into the open interior spaces of cavity walls, condensing on the interior surfaces. Mold can grow unnoticed for years! Leaks must be corrected immediately to minimize condensation and its effects.

We hope this list spares you from future mold complications, but if you can’t beat the mold, contact Triage Restoration for Philadelphia mold damage remediation that you can count on. We’ll work quickly to restore your home to its proper state! For more information about our restoration and cleanup services, call us anytime at (215)-399-9590, or shoot us an email at

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