12 tips for a mold-free home
Follow these suggestions to keep mold from growing
in your home:
- Check the exterior of your home regularly
for accumulation of ground water.
- If you ever see bubbling or dampness in a wall,
get the wall opened to see what's causing it.
- If your house sits above a foundation and there's
a heavy rain, put electric fans under the house to dry the ground.
- Fix leaky faucets, pipes and other leaks as soon
as you find them.
- Have your heating and air conditioning system serviced
- Clean and dry out wet or damp areas within 48 hours.
- Keep indoor humidity below 60 percent by venting
bathrooms and dryers to the outside, using air conditioners and
dehumidifiers, using exhaust fans or opening windows when cooking,
washing dishes or cleaning, and increasing ventilation.
- If you have a leak that saturates carpet, ceiling
tiles, or upholstery, remove them.
- Use paint that has an EPA-approved mold inhibitor.
- Clean kitchens and bathrooms with mold-killing
- Don't carpet bathrooms.
- Don't put vinyl wallpaper on walls that are at
risk of sustaining water damage.
-- Updated: May 19, 2003