Household mold’s mortal enemy: a mop and a bucket of bleach and water.
Mold spores are present everywhere in our environment. But with a little bit of effort you can keep household mold in its place – out of your home.
Indoors, mold grows best where moisture levels and humidity are high, such as in bathrooms and basements and on ceilings and walls where water from leaking pipes, roofs, or windows can accumulate.
A thorough cleaning with bleach and water will remove household mold, but to prevent its reappearance you needs to eliminate the source of the moisture.
Homeowner insurance policies generally don’t cover repairs for mold damage (or rot and insect infestation, for that matter). Standard policies provide coverage for disasters that are sudden and accidental but don’t cover the cost of cleaning and maintaining a home.
Once exception: If mold is the result of a covered incident, such as a burst pipe, insurance may pay for the cost of eliminating the mold.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most molds pose no serious threat to humans, although certain molds can produce hay fever‐like allergic symptoms
, and those with asthma, allergies and other breathing conditions may be more sensitive to mold
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(Mop and bucket photo courtesy of Cogdogblog, via Flickr.)