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Prevent Mold

    Household molds can trigger allergy symptoms in allergy sufferers. So avoiding mold can help you avoid eye irritation, congestion, and other allergy-related symptoms. And the best way to avoid mold is to avoid moisture.

    • Keep the house dry -- don't let water build up anywhere, ventilate damp rooms, wipe shower walls and doors after use.
    • Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine where mold can quickly grow.
    • Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles regularly with mold-killing products.
    • Don't have too many indoor plants -- especially in the bedroom -- as mold can grow in plant soil.
    • Fix any leaks or seepage in the house, indoors and out.
    • Put plastic over dirt in crawlspaces and keep them well ventilated.
    • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms.
    • Turn off humidifiers if you see condensation on windows.
    • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in basements and other areas of the house where mold tends to grow, especially in hot humid climates.
    • Clean dehumidifiers and humidifiers every week.
    • On concrete floors, remove carpet and use area rugs that can be lifted and washed, or install a vapor barrier over the concrete.

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