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Mold in Your Appliances

Where there’s moisture, there’s a chance for mold, and sometimes there’s no way of getting around it. In many home appliances such as your refrigerator, dishwasher or washing machine, mold could be growing inside without you even knowing. Unfortunately, mold grows where moisture lives, and since all of these appliances work with water, they’re susceptible to mold growth. So what symptoms should people look out for? Or what can be done to prevent mold from growing? We’ve got the answers for you.

Keep your eye out for these symptoms…

Everyone knows mold is gross, but it is also quite dangerous to your health as well. It can do a number of things, especially if someone is extremely sensitive to it. You can experience a variety of symptoms from being exposed to mold such as –
– Stuffy nose
– Coughing
– Throat irritation
– Skin irritation

You can also experience a serious infection if you suffer from a chronic lung disease such as asthma or a weak immune system.

So what causes mold? Not only should you be keeping an eye out for these symptoms, but also on your appliances. If your appliances have poor venting, leaks, clogged drains, or if you suspect anything might be wrong with it, have it checked out!

3 Ways to Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Appliances

All health concerns aside, no one wants to come across mold in any the appliances they use to clean their house, dishes or store their food. It is something no one should have to deal with, which is why there are ways to prevent mold from occurring in your appliances.

Washer – In a washer, specifically a front load washing machine, mold forms when the door and detergent drawer are closed after running a load of laundry. After completing your laundry for the day, leave your door and drawer open. They should always be left open, or at least propped open when not in use. If you have a top-load washer, do the same thing. Leave the lid open after each use.
Refrigerators – Unfortunately mold can grow in your fridge quite easily, but as long as you keep up with cleaning you should be fine. Mold grows in between the door, or seals of your fridge, this is simply from lack of ventilation. Once a month, you should wipe your entire fridge down with vinegar.
Dishwasher – In your dishwasher, mold can appear from leftover food particles or in your silverware basket. Once a week, you should clean it out and run a cycle with nothing in it.

Mold could be growing inside your appliances without your even knowing it, which is why we encourage you to be aware and check your appliances! If you find anything or you feel like there are molds inside your household, call Mold Doctors right away!

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