Keep Mold Out of Your Home

    Control moisture to stop the allergen from taking hold

    Illustration of people getting rid of mold in their home Chris Philpot

    Dampness brought on by rain, flooding, and humidity can increase the likelihood that mold will take up residence indoors.

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    This home invader can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks, and even if you’re not allergic, it can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat. Plus, mold can damage the surfaces that it grows on. Because mold needs moisture to thrive, keeping water from collecting where it doesn’t belong inside your home is key. CR experts—Rich Handel, who leads our washing machine testing; Misha Kollontai, who runs our dehumidifier testing; and Rico de Paz, who oversees interior paint testing—explain how.

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    CREDIT: illustration Chris Philpot