Preventing Mold in the Laundry Room
- Date: 03-2018
Some areas in your home provide an ideal setting for mold growth. The laundry room is one such space. Between the humidity emitted from the dryer, that stack of damp towels you haven’t had time to get to yet, water leaks, and other factors, a mold infestation could begin at any time and spread rapidly.
As you’re cleaning your laundry room, watch for signs of mold in typical problem areas such as around the pipes, on the appliances, and in and around the hamper. Catching the infestation early is important to prevent it from spreading, but an even better solution is to take steps to prevent a mold infestation in the first place. Here are some tips on how to keep mold from taking hold in your home’s laundry room:
Install a Dehumidifier
The humidity in laundry rooms is one of the factors that encourage mold growth. Placing a dehumidifier in the space can go a long way toward preventing a mold problem. Choose a model that will run on a continuous cycle for best results.
Check for Signs of Water Damage
A quick check for water damage is another way to stop mold before it starts. Look for discolored walls or damp drywall around pipes. If you spot signs of water damage, have those issues addressed immediately.
Yes, you have to clean your washer. The user guide will have instructions for cleaning the appliance. You should also clean regularly around the door and rubber seals as these are spots where moisture can linger and give mold a chance to take hold.
Dry Clothes Immediately
Some may find it surprising that mold can build up inside the washing machine. The best way to prevent this is to dry clothes as soon as the wash cycle is through. Allowing damp clothes to sit in an enclosed space like a washer creates a perfect setting for mold.
Don’t Let Damp Laundry Linger
Similarly, you shouldn’t let damp laundry sit in the hamper. If clothes are even the slightest bit wet, toss them into the washer right away.
Place Desiccants throughout the Room
Another easy way to prevent moisture and mold in your laundry room is to place desiccants throughout the space. Note: If you have children or pets, be sure to place them out of reach.
If you do discover signs of mold, call the professionals at Green Home Solutions for fast, effective, affordable solutions. Our mold specialists provide mold inspection and testing along with effective remediation using environmentally-preferred products. Give us a call, or fill out our online form to learn more.