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Keep Your Family Safe from Mold and Mildew

Take precautions – Keep humidity below 50 percent. Improve outside grading and drainage by keeping gutters clean and soil always sloping away from your home. Cover dirt crawlspace floors with plastic to reduce moisture.

Store safely – Keep all storage at least several inches up off concrete floors and away from foundations where dampness can easily seep in. Avoid using wooden shelves for storage.

Heat finished basements – Below-grade spaces like finished basements are more likely to attract mold and mildew and should always be heated to at least 60 degrees, even when not being used.

Build with mold-resistant materials – When choosing materials to build or renovate your home, use materials that don’t feed the mold or mildew.

Ensure proper ventilation – Install and maintain ventilation fans that take moisture outside – not into attics. Keep the bathroom door open after bathing to speed drying of surfaces.

Avoid basement carpets – Carpets can be havens for mold and mildew. Hard surface products like laminate flooring or engineered hardwoods are always a better choice for basement spaces.

Filter the air – If your home has a forced-air heating and cooling system, using a good quality air filter is important. If your family is prone to allergies, a filter with an efficiency rating of at least 11 is recommended.

Insulate ducts – Duct systems that carry heated or cooled air throughout your house must be insulated whenever they pass through unheated or uncooled spaces like attics or basements. If not, condensation can form inside the ducts creating spores that can easily circulate throughout your entire house.

Clean carefully – Use mold- and mildew-inhibiting cleaners in bathrooms and kitchens. Portable air conditioning units should be taken apart and cleaned at the start of every season.

Choose the right paint – When painting damp spaces like kitchens and bathrooms, use paint with a mold and mildew inhibitor EPA-approved for indoor use.

Address floods immediately – If you have a major leak or flood, quickly dry soaked carpets and padding, and remove any wet upholstery. Then wash and disinfect all surfaces before the carpet and pad are replaced.

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*Source: The Rhode Island Department of Health