If allowed to flourish, mold and mildew inside your home can cause damage and may even pose a health hazard. Mold and mildew inside your home can be caused by:

  • High humidity in your home.
  • Moisture or standing water under your home.
  • Leaks from plumbing or roofs.
  • Water in bathrooms and kitchens.

Start by repairing any leaks and reduce the moisture level in your home with better ventilation by using bath and kitchen fans that vent outside when bathing or cooking.

To remove existing mold, use diluted bleach or cleaners to remove mold on nonporous surfaces; and an anti-microbial cleaning product made to kill mold on porous surfaces. Mold can be very difficult to remove from some surfaces—such as drywall—and the material may have to be replaced.

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Before you can stop mold or mildew growth inside you have to eliminate the moisture it thrives on. That means correcting leaks and/or increasing ventilation. Mold on smooth, nonporous surfaces can be removed easily with conventional cleaners. A surface made of porous material must be scrubbed to remove mold spores; and some, like drywall, may have to be removed altogether to eliminate the mold spores which will generate new growth almost immediately after the surface is cleaned.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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