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.

Watch this video to find out more.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I’m disabled with partial lung removal. I have a lot of green mold I think growing on the outside of my house. Only on one side. I do not have vinyl siding what do I do? Help.

  2. I have green and black mold in my apartment, its bad to the fact that I had to go to the hospital and get a breathing treatment, what do I do if my landlord does not want to fix, and I use to have bronchitis ashama, I dont wanna die somebody please help me

    • Hi, Kitana,
      Landlords are required to provide housing that is habitable, and that means safe.
      We recommend checking the landlord-tenant laws in your state. Read them in full.
      It’s always best to know your rights; these laws usually have tips to ensure rental housing remains safe and habitable.
      Good luck!

  3. I am currently trying to sell my home that I have lived in for 25 years. I have never had any problems in this home. Someone was interested in buying my home and requested a Mold Inspection be done. Oh surprise they found mold ? Now they want me to pay $8000 to clean ? Nevermind I think I will keep my home and take it off the market. SCAM

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