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What is white mold?

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White mold is a type of organism that is also described as mildew. It thrives indoors in damp environments such as basements, bathrooms and showers. Mildew occurs year round and also grows outdoors.

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White mold can be prevented by controlling the moisture around areas where mildew is prone to grow. Leaks can cause mildew to expand. The use of fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers diminishes the likelihood of white mold growth. Maintaining indoor humidity levels less than 30 to 50 percent inhibits growth as well. One cup of chlorine bleach in a 1-gallon jug of water can be used to kill mold. If mildew exists, testing for it is not needed. Testing determines if the white mold has been successfully removed.

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