Enclosed spaces and damp areas that lack ventilation can quickly become a haven for mold, mildew and other irritating or harmful allergens. Common locations for mold and mildew growth include laundry and storage areas, crawlspaces, and areas near plumbing supply lines that run inside and behind cabinets. That’s why it’s so important to have exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. If you discover such a breeding ground in your home, it’s important that you deal with it immediately and thoroughly, before it grows out of control and gets to the point where it can be harmful to your health and damaging to your home.

If mold spores attach and grow on drywall, the panel may need to be cut out and patched or replaced. This remediation is necessary but can be expensive, time-consuming, and difficult to finish seamlessly. However, if you discover mold on a hard surface such as a baseboard or solid flooring, vigorous scrubbing with a disinfectant will likely erase the problem. It is much more difficult to remove the effects of mold from soft surface.