There is no practical way to eliminate all of the molds and mold spores in the indoor environment. But there are ways to help control moisture and mold growth in your home. Here is a partial list:
Stop the water
- Fix leaks in pipes, and any damp areas around tubs and sinks.
- Rebuild, or retrofit with water-resistant building materials.
- Prevent seepage of water from outside by have the ground around the house slope away and gutters drain away.
- Cover dirt crawlspaces with plastic to prevent moisture from coming from the ground.
Keep it clean
- Clean fabrics often and keep them dry. Soil promotes mildew growth. Keep clean fabric items in a well-ventilated area.
- Have air ducts cleaned if you suspect mold exists on the duct's inside surface, or if duct insulation has been wet.
Keep it dry
- In hot weather, reduce moisture by using dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioners, and open windows. Do NOT use fans if mold may already exist.
- Keep humidity below 40%.
- Choose carpets of man-made fibers for moisture-prone areas.
- Reduce condensation on cold surfaces by insulating.
- Bathrooms, laundry rooms, and mechanical rooms need to be routinely checked for moldy odors and disinfect often with a 10% solution of bleach or a commercial disinfectant