How to Test For Toxic Mold

Keeping Mold Away

The best way to handle mold is to keep it from finding a place to grow in your home. Although it's impossible to make yourself completely safe, there are some precautions you can take to reduce your risk of mold contamination:

  • Keep your indoor relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent. Your air conditioning will help you control humidity, or you can purchase a dehumidifier. Test your relative humidity with an inexpensive humidity meter from your local hardware or home improvement store.
  • Use venting fans in your bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Insulate your home to help control condensation.
  • Repair leaks immediately.
  • Dry wet spots within 48 hours.
  • Grade landscaping to route water away from your home.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris.
  • Promote good air circulation by periodically opening windows and interior doors to seldom used areas.
  • Clean the drip pans in your air conditioner regularly.

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