How to Check For Mold in House


Checking for mold in your house is part of smart household maintenance. Mold grows in damp, dark areas and can cause serious damage to your house and health if it grows undetected. Knowing how to check for mold in your house is an important part of saving money, health problems and your home's structure.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight
  • Gloves

How to Check for Mold in House

  • Check areas with water pipes. The sinks in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements are the first place to check. Toilets have supply valves as well. Look near water sources for any leaks, and shine a flashlight around the water pipes, valves and faucets to check for mold.

  • Examine the perimeter of your foundation. Go around the outside of your house with a flashlight. Cut back any bushes, weeds, flowers or trees that touch the house. Mold can grow quickly in these areas, and a foundation perimeter check and trimming are part of mold control.

  • Check your basement's perimeter. Go into the basement and check every section of the floor and ceiling for water leaks, mold or mildew. If you have carpeting in the basement, touch it with a bare hand. If it's damp, you may have water issues, and where water sets in, mold follows.

  • In your basement, check closets and window wells. Additionally, natural fibers, such as cotton and wool, tend to attract mildew and mold as well. Check any boxes that might contain clothing or knit items to see if mold has set in.

  • Climb into the attic and do a perimeter check. If you detect mold or water leaks, you may have roof damage that requires professional intervention.

  • Examine any attic closets and attic storage boxes for mold.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you find mold, search the area carefully until you find all of it. Mark the area and stop the source of water or damage that is allowing the mold to grow.
  • Don't touch mold directly.
  • Wear a face mask when dealing with mold in enclosed spaces.
  • Contact a professional if you see any black mold.

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Prevent House Mold

    Mold spores are everywhere; no one knows how many different species exist -- there could be more than 300,000, according to the...

  • How to Test for Mold

    Mold can be worse than unsightly and a bad smell, it can also be toxic black mold otherise known as Stachybotrys. If...

  • How to Detect Mold in the Air

    If you have mold in the air that circulates in your home, it can cause a plethora of serious health problems, including...

  • How to Treat Mold in a House

    Mold can grow on several surfaces in the home. Some mold is harmless, however, some types are toxic and can endanger the...

  • How to Detect House Mold

    Mold is a type of fungus that grows in poorly ventilated and damp areas like bathrooms, basements and even air vents throughout...

  • How to Test for Black Mold in Your House

    Mold is not only a common, unsightly problem in homes, but it also can also be harmful. Black mold can cause allergy...

  • How to Test for Mold & Mildew at Home

    Mold and mildew growing in your home are not only a nuisance, they are dangerous. Not only do they look and smell...

  • How to Check For Mold

    Checking for mold in a home can be done by looking for visible mold along cracks and crevices or getting a home...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!