Tips to Stop a Mold Problem

in Healthy Home, Indoor Allergies
Published: January 22, 2014

  • Clean up any leaks or spills right away. If moisture is removed within 24-48 hours of appearing, mold is unlikely to grow.
  • Check your roof and repair or replace it immediately if you detect a leak; also repair any cracks or openings in your siding, and make sure your rain gutters are clear of debris and functioning properly.
  • Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the building, not toward it.
  • Properly insulate your walls; this will help keep condensation from forming on your interior walls.
  • If you see condensation around windows or on walls or pipes, dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture source. If you have condensation, it could be a sign of high indoor humidity.
  • Keep indoor humidity low, ideally between 30 and 50 percent. You can find humidity meters at most hardware stores.
  • Properly vent appliances that produce moisture, including clothes dryers and stoves.
  • Run a bathroom fan when showering, and a range hood when cooking or running the dishwasher. If you don’t have fans, open windows.

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