Answers to Common Healthy Homes Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about healthy homes.

What should be done around the house to reduce the presence of mold?

Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Phlipot discusses how to reduce the presence of mold at home. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Reducing mold around your house includes cleaning and taking steps to keep the house dry, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and ImmunologyOff Site Icon (ACAAI).

Frequently cleaning trash cans, cleaning the refrigerator door drip pan and scrub your sinks at least once a month. According to the ACAAI.

The ACAAI and the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC), also recommends keeping your house dry by:

  • Add mold inhibitors to paint before painting the walls
  • Avoid carpet in bathrooms and basements
  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing cleaners
  • Fixing any leaks immediately to avoid mold growth
  • Making sure the ground is sloped away from the home’s foundation to help prevent water from leaking into the house
  • Turn on an exhaust fan or keep a window open in the bathroom to get rid of moisture
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep the house dry. The humidity levels should be no higher than 50 percent at any time

Taking these important steps is the best way to work toward keeping mold out of your home.

Talk to your doctor for more tips on how to reduce the presence of mold in your house.

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Source: Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue MD; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Jennifer Philpot, CNP, Stillwater Family Care; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine