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Preventing Mold Indoors

Indoors Mold Fighting Strategy

To prevent mold and mildew build up inside the home, especially in bathrooms, basements and laundry areas, be aggressive about reducing dampness:

  • Put an exhaust fan in the bathroom. Run the fan before during and for at least thirty minutes after bathing.
  • Quickly repair any plumbing leaks.
  • Remove bathroom carpeting.
  • Scour sinks and tubs at least monthly. Fungi thrive on soap and other films that coat tiles and grout. Fungicides (chemicals that kill fungus) are less important than a good scrubbing.
  • Fungicides may be added to paint, primer or wallpaper paste to slow fungus growth on treated areas. But this will have little effect if excess moisture remains.
  • Clean garbage pails frequently.  Use a line to dispose of trash daily.
  • Clean refrigerator door gaskets and drip pans.
  • Repair basement plumbing leaks, blocked drains, poorly vented clothes dryers and water seepage through walls.
  • Use an electric dehumidifier to remove moisture from the basement. Be sure to drain the dehumidifier regularly and clean the condensation coils and collection bucket.
  • Raise the temperature in the basement to help lower humidity levels. Small space heaters or a low-wattage light bulb may be useful in damp closets. Be careful where they are placed, though, to avoid creating a fire hazard.
  • Throw away or recycle old books, newspapers, clothing or bedding.
  • Promote ground water drainage away from a house. Remove leaves and dead vegetation near the foundation and in the rain gutters.
Call or write Volunteer Mold and Indoor Air Quality for more information.   or     (865)  385-0170

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