Nooks and Crannies: Overlooked Danger Zones in Your Home
Here at SERVPRO of East Evansville we see a lot of “those” places in homes that are frequently neglected when cleaning. These neglected areas are often the source of why we have been called out. “Those” places, those (nooks and crannies), serve as perfect environments for microbial growth, rodents, and insects. They can be potential fire or floor hazards. Here are a few overlooked areas to check and clean in your own home.
Appliances: Pet hair, food, and other random objects often end up under refrigerators and stoves. Mice in particular love to nest in and around gas powered appliances. It’s good to pull everything out at least once a year to clean thoroughly. Also inspect your appliances once a year for damaged cords and potential leaks. Make sure your dryer vent is clear of lint and obstructions, not pinched or broken, and securely vented outside.
Plumbing: Pull everything out from under your sinks and inspect pipes for leaks. Look around the edges of your bath/shower and toilet for any discoloration or damage to the caulking seal. Discoloration can indicate mold growth and broken seals can allow water and mold to damage the flooring beneath your tile, carpet, etc.
Electronics: Dust, pet hair, and other debris can accumulate around cords and power strips which can result in fire. Having too many electronics plugged in can also cause a fire. Minimize and organize your cords, inspect them for damage, and clean behind them often.
If you should find signs of mold during your home inspection and cleaning of “those” places, SERVPRO of East Evansville is here to help, just call (812)-471-3132.