Laundry rooms offer the perfect climate for mold growth - heat and humidity. Mold is destructive to the structure of your home and can jeopardize the health of your family. Certain molds can cause illnesses and allergies. Taking steps to control humidity, frequent checks for the beginnings of mold growth and quick clean-up can keep problems at bay.
Keeping humidity in the laundry room below fifty percent will deter mold growth, keep your dryer from working harder and make you feel more comfortable. Humidity can be reduced with a dehumidifier, an open window or a good ventilation system with a ceiling vent. Consider using a semi-gloss paint for the walls and ceiling that has an anti-mold and mildew agent added.
Washers and Mildew Growth
Clothes should be removed from the washer immediately and hung on a clothesline or dried in the dryer. Wet clothes can actually mildew in the washer. If they are removed without treating the mildew, spores can spread and cause more problems.
Water connections to the washer should be checked frequently for leaks. Even if you don't see a leak, there could be hidden trouble. Using a dry hand or cloth, wipe around each connection to feel for dampness. A water leak will often cause walls to bubble or ripple. It can also cause mold to grow in the insulation behind the drywall. If you see a black or bluish stain on the wall, clean-up must begin immediately.
Washers, especially front-load models, can harbor mold and mildew spores. Frequent cleaning and leaving the door of the washer open after each cycle can help alleviate problems.