Where is Mold Commonly Located?
- Basements near walls that have seepage problems
- On attic walls, insulation, and ceilings near rook leaks
- On and around wooden joists near pipe condensation
- Under or around leaking air conditioning units
- Near broken windows or broken window frames
- Underneath wallpaper in poorly insulated/paneled areas
- Near foundation cracks
- On and around faulty external vents
- Under linoleum near a sink leak
- Under leaky sinks
- On and around building infestation problems
- On the underside of moist carpeting
- Under wall paneling
- Under wallpaper
- Behind wallboard
- Wet papers
- On anything that contains cellulose, a food source for mold
- Many more sources
Mold growth indoors may not always be in plain view. If a building smells moldy but you cannot see the source, or if you know there as been water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems, there may be hidden mold.
Mold can be hidden in the following locations:
- The back side of dry wall, wallpaper or paneling
- The top of ceiling tiles, and the underside of carpets and pads etc.
- Pie chases and utility tunnels
- Walls behind furniture
- Condensate drain pans inside air handling units
- Porous thermal or acoustic liners inside ductwork, or roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to rook leaks or insufficient insulation).
- Materials such as dry wall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling can act as vapor barriers which trap moisture underneath and provide a moist environment for mold.
- Behind wallpaper
- Basement walls