Keeping Mold Out Of Your Laundry Room
The laundry room is a common area for mold damage. Conditions are usually just right for mold in the laundry room. Dark (sometimes), damp (often), and warm (often) – and clothing provides the organic material mold spores feed on – a perfect recipe for mold damage. Preventing mold damage in your laundry room can be as easy as using a dehumidifier and making sure your laundry room is properly ventilated. Here are some places to look for mold in your laundry room:
Utility sink. Utility sinks often harbor mold for the very reasons stated above. Dark, damp, warm areas are prime areas for mold. If you keep a rag near the faucet, it could very well be infested with mold. Mold can also grow in utility sinks when lint blows around and lands in them. Mold spores will feed on any organic materials it can find. Keep utility sinks clean by rinsing them out with hot water and vinegar periodically. This will help deter mold.
Washing machine. Washers are probably the most common area for mold in the laundry room. Minor cracks or leaks in the washing machine can cause mold growth so it’s a good idea to make sure that’s not going on. Any excess water on your floor in the laundry room should be investigated. But, more commonly, mold growth occurs when clothing is left in the washer for a long period of time. Mold growth only takes about 48 hours to begin – so make sure clothing isn’t left in the washing machine for more than a day. Keep the lid of your washing machine open between washes to help keep the washing machine tub dry between cycles.
Dryers. You may think this is an uncommon area for mold, but it really isn’t. The lint trap is a prime area for mold when they aren’t cleaned out from time to time. Not only should you swipe out lint between loads (not cleaning it at all can cause a fire), but also clean the lint trap to keep mold growth away. Use vinegar and water or a mold deterrent solution and rinse out the webbing. Water should always pass through a lint trap. If it doesn’t, it means it’s time to clean it out. Also – like the washing machine – don’t leave damp clothes in the dryer.
Floors/Walls/Ceilings. As a damp room in general, the laundry room floor can become a mold damage magnet. Check these areas for mold buildup and make sure to clean them with mold deterrents as soon as you suspect mold damage has occurred.
If you suspect unseen mold damage or have heavy mold damage in your laundry room – or anywhere else in your home – give us a call. Our mold damage specialists will give you a free estimate and help you determine the cause and solution to your mold problems. We are here to help!