Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control TipsMoisture control is the key to mold control, so when water leaks or spills occur indoors, ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried within 24 to 48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases, mold will not grow. •Clean and repair roof gutters regularly. •Make sure the ground slopes away from the building's foundation so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation. •Keep air-conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly. •Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60% relative humidity (ideally, between 30% to 50%). Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, which is a small, inexpensive instrument (from $10 to $50) that is available at many hardware stores. If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.Actions that will help to reduce humidity:•Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters, to the outdoors, where possible. (Combustion appliances, such as stoves and kerosene heaters, produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.) •Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed. •Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.Actions that will help prevent condensation:•Reduce the humidity (see above). •Increase ventilation and air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical. Use fans as needed. •Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation. •Increase air temperature.