Moisture Control-Problems & Cures

General Areas

1. Check for signs of leaks and mold growth. Look for stains and streaks on walls, ceilings, and floors, bubbles in paint and plaster, or loose wallpaper. Promptly repair any leaks.

Likely leak locations:

The nose knows: if you've got a musty, moldy odor, you've got a moisture problem.

10. Keep vegetation and irrigation at least 10' away from outside walls.


Under-sink cabinets



Take it out frequently.


The warm, moist atmosphere in the bathroom is ideal for growing mold and mildew. To help prevent this growth, repair any leaks; use exhaust fans; increase overall air circulation and light; and keep surfaces clean and dry.

Shower Curtains



1. Before laundering vinyl curtains, scrub heavily mildewed areas with liquid bleach or a mildew remover.

Tip: There are shower curtains that are mildew resistant. They may be helpful in keeping mildew at bay.

Diaper Pails

Tip: Mold can grow on towels and bathmats, too! Loosely hang towels and bathmats to air dry after each use, and launder them at least 1X a week.


In the shower


Alert: Plumbing leaks or condensation can grow mold and mildew.


Tips: Areas under the sink or where the tub/shower meets the floor are likely spots for water to collect and mildew to grow.

1. Keep those areas dry.

2. Clean using a non-abrasive, All-Purpose cleaner. Then, dry and disinfect the areas.

3. Regular use of a disinfectant has been shown to control mold/mildew.

In the Kitchen . . . In the bath- about mold, mildew and germs

Mold/mildew and germs thrive on moist surfaces, such as tubs, showers, tile grout, sinks, counter-top, shower curtains, faucets, garbage cans, diaper pails, litter boxes and animal cages. It is very difficult to completely kill mold and mildew. Killing the mildew and mold is important but it is equally important to find the source of the problem and eliminate the problem. Because if you do not eliminate the problem, then the mold and mildew will continue to come back.

3 options in the battle against mold & mildew:

Remove it

To remove mildew and its stains, look for a product labeled "mildew remover" or use liquid bleach. (Liquid bleach can be dangerous. Do not mix bleach with any other products and be careful because of the fumes.)

Kill It (Disinfect) Very difficult.

Look for products that say they control or prevent the growth of mold and mildew; disinfectants or disinfectant (antibacterial) cleaners.

Prevent it

Disinfectants or disinfectant (antibacterial) cleaners used 2-3X @ wk. will prevent mildew's return.(Somewhat effective)

Safety 1st: Do not mix different cleaning products together; hazardous gases can be produced.


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