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Mold Control & Prevention Tips

Moisture control is the key to mold control. The following tips will help prevent moisture, condensation, and water problems throughout the house:
  • When water leaks or spills occur, act quickly. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried within 24 to 48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from your home’s foundation so that water does not enter or collect around it.
  • Keep air-conditioning drip pans clean and drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
  • Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep relative humidity below 60 percent, and ideally between 30 and 50 percent. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter—a small, inexpensive ($10–$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls, or pipes, immediately dry the wet surface and remedy the moisture/water source.
  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible.
  • Employ air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers when needed to reduce humidity. Increase the air temperature to reduce condensation.
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking, running the dishwasher, or washing dishes.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
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