Tips for Avoiding Mold All Year Long
Quick Facts: There are many types of mold commonly found in U.S. homes.
Mold can grow all year in your home and only requires a few conditions for growth. First, it needs a source of moisture; next it prefers darkness; and finally, it needs a food source - wood, dirt, cardboard or another cellulosic material.
Find and remove the source of moisture. (Stop leaks, dehumidify, divert water to the outside via drain hoses, etc.)
Check for leaks under kitchen and bathroom sinks and in the basement.
Remove the food source - raise cardboard boxes off of the basement floor; clean bathroom tiles to remove soap scum and dirt; replace wood in basements with other materials or spray wood with a mold inhibitor.
Leave the lights on in your basement or crawl space.
Check for the musty smell of mold in closets, crawl space or basement, or test for mold using a 1-hour gravity plate that collects mold as it falls from the air.
Spray shower stalls, under sinks, crawl spaces, and basements with a mold sealant or a product that kills mold. Note: sealants can last longer but are not always the best product for every situation.