Mold is a spongy-looking substance that can grow in moist, warm areas of your home. Your bathroom wall, the carpeting, furniture, or areas that have been soaked or damaged by rain or floods are some places where mold may grow. The best way to stop mold is to control moisture.

Mold may cause allergic reactions in some people and may also be an asthma trigger. The most common symptoms of mold exposure are cough, congestion, runny nose, and trouble breathing. Symptoms usually disappear after the mold contamination is removed Since mold needs water or moisture to grow, you can stop indoor mold growth by fixing leaks, controlling moisture, and cleaning up the mold.

Things You Can Do to Protect Your Family

Fix the Water Problem

  • Correct water leaks immediately.
  • Dry any water damaged items immediately to prevent mold growth.

Control Moisture Sources

  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering and afterwards as well.
  • Vent clothes dryers to the outside.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low in basements.

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