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What are tips to control mold around the house?

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Molds are a type of fungus that can’t grow without moisture. Around the house:

  • Run dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially if you live in hot, humid climates.
  • Try and keep indoor humidity below 60%. You can buy a measuring gadget called a hygrometer at hardware stores.
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean.
  • Keep the house warm in cool weather to prevent moist air from condensing on cold surfaces.
  • Dry wet areas within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Fix leaks and seepage. The ground should slope away from your house to keep water out.
  • Open doors between rooms to increase circulation. Use fans, too.

SOURCES:

United States Environmental Protection Agency: "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home.''

Rhode Island Department of Heath: ''Some Basic Facts About Mold and Mildew.''

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: ''Biological Pollutants in Your Home.''

University of Minnesota Extension: ''Molds - Your Safe Home.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

United States Environmental Protection Agency: "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home.''

Rhode Island Department of Heath: ''Some Basic Facts About Mold and Mildew.''

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: ''Biological Pollutants in Your Home.''

University of Minnesota Extension: ''Molds - Your Safe Home.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

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