is a common occurrence in homes, but it can potentially cause health problems
as well as damage to structures and surfaces if it is not controlled. Mold begins
growing indoors when spores come in contact with wet surfaces or substances. Once
established, mold can be very difficult to remove successfully - so prevention
is the key.
cannot grow in the absence of moisture. Moisture can take the form of leaks, spills,
condensation, and humidity, so controlling sources of moisture is the most important
step in mold prevention. Here are some ways to avoid creating conditions in which
mold will thrive:
for signs of leaks in supply and waste lines for bathrooms, kitchens, utility
sinks, and laundry areas. Have any leaks fixed and dry the area thoroughly.
the condition of grout and tile on shower walls, floors, and around bathtubs.
Repair and seal damaged grout to prevent mold from being absorbed.
ventilation to the outside by using exhaust fans and attic ventilation.
empty and clean drain pans and hoses for air conditioning units and dehumidifiers.
for roof leaks that allow water to enter attic spaces or build up under roof shingles.
possible, lower the overall humidity in the home to decrease condensation and
create a less mold-friendly environment.
that tend to stay damp, such as showers, may be more difficult to keep entirely
free of mold but it can be minimized. Diligent cleaning, opening a window or using
a ventilation fan are often enough to keep mold at bay.
mold has become established in the home it can be difficult to eradicate. Depending
on the location and severity of the mold problem, a homeowner may need to engage
a professional certified in mold remediation to remove it. A qualified professional
will also take preventive measures to lessen the likelihood of recurrences.