Certain places in your home are more susceptible to mold growth than others, including:
• Laundry rooms
Inspect these areas frequently for signs of mold, such as:
• Lingering musty odors
• Visible growth (mold can be black, green, brown, or white)
• Flu-like symptoms that dissipate when you leave the space
Mold needs moisture to grow, so it is important to address any standing water in your home immediately. This includes:
• Repairing leaky pipes and faucets
• Fixing drainage problems
• Cleaning up spills promptly
• Dehumidifying damp areas
• Improve ventilation. Mold thrives in stagnant air, so it is important to improve ventilation in your home. This can be done by opening windows, running fans, and installing vents.
• Control humidity. Mold also thrives in high humidity. Keep the humidity level in your home below 60% by using a dehumidifier.
• Keep your home clean. Regularly clean and disinfect all surfaces, especially in areas where mold is likely to grow.
• Use mold-resistant materials. When remodeling or building a new home, use mold-resistant materials, such as mold-resistant drywall and paint.