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Stop mold growth in your home

Mold spores will grow wherever they can find moisture. Select an area of the house to get some tips for keeping it mold-free.

BATHROOM:

  • Run an exhaust fan or open the window when showering.
  • Clean the bathroom frequently. Scrub any mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water. Dry thoroughly.
  • Fix leaky pipes as soon as possible.

BEDROOM AND LIVING AREAS:

  • Find and fix the cause of any water stains.
  • Set furniture slightly away from the walls so air can pass freely.
  • Check windows for leaks to avoid mold buildup on windowsills.
  • KITCHEN:

    • Use an exhaust fan while cooking or washing dishes.
    • Clean up spills immediately.
    • Fix leaky pipes as soon as possible.

    LAUNDRY ROOM:

    • Vent the dryer to the outdoors.
    • Fix leaky pipes as soon as possible.

    BASEMENT OR CRAWL SPACE:

    • Put a plastic vapor barrier down over dirt in crawl spaces.
    • Keep humidity in basements below 60 percent. Try using a dehumidifier.
    • Fix leaky pipes as soon as possible.

    OUTDOORS:

    • Clean and repair gutters regularly.
    • Make sure the ground slopes away from the house so water doesn’t collect around the foundation.

    Take this quiz to learn the truth about household mold.

    Sources: American Industrial Hygiene Association; Environmental Protection Agency

    reviewed 8/23/2018

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