Mold is all around us and in every breath that we take. Mold plays an important role in the natural process of decay and it is used to make things like cheese and penicillin. However, if it is left unchecked in your home, it can lead to damage to your home and a danger to your health.

Your home could be infected with mold and you might not even realize it. Some people are more sensitive to mold and might be suffering because of it. For example, family members with allergies or asthma are more susceptible to mold than others.

Mold is gross, it stinks and it can be slimy. It just makes everything look worse. Once mold has taken hold in your house, it is difficult to get rid of it. Working to keep mold from growing in the first place is a much easier way to deal with it.

Mold can grow anywhere, on your carpet, on clothing, on food, on paper and even in the places you can’t see, like behind the walls and under your home. If you have a pipe leaking inside your walls, you can bet you have a mold issue.

Not only is dealing with mold a difficult problem, but it can also be quite costly as well. So what can you do about it? American Drain Company, your drain cleaning service in Los Angeles, offers ways in which you can prevent mold from forming in your home.



Maintaining proper ventilation in your house will help reduce moisture levels, and, thus, help prevent mold.

You need to make sure that places where there is a lot of moisture, like your bathrooms, are always well-ventilated. You should also make sure that ventilated appliances, like your clothes dryer and your stove, are ventilated outside and not just into your attic.

It also helps to run a dehumidifier or air conditioner in your house to help keep moisture levels down.


In order to grow, mold needs moisture. So when you are done taking a shower, don’t just leave pools of water on the bathroom floor in the shower. You should be using your towel and wiping up moisture when you are done in the shower.

In addition, all spills and seepage should be dealt with immediately and not left to clean up another time. This means when you drop an ice cube from the ice maker on the floor, simply kicking it under the refrigerator will not suffice. Pick the ice cube up before it melts and becomes a problem.

Admit it, you have kicked ice under the refrigerator more than once.


If you are going to remodel your bathroom or kitchen, consider using mold-resistant sheet rock or drywall and applying mold-resistant paint. It will be worth it if you don’t have to deal with mold in the future.


The level of humidity in your home should never exceed 60 percent. It is best if you keep the humidity level in your home between 30 and 50. You can buy a moisture meter that will track the humidity level in your home.


It is very important that you clean your gutters on a regular basis to ensure rainwater can drain away from your house. If your gutters are clogged, they will overflow and cause excess water to gather near the foundation of your house.


Cast a critical eye on the junk you have in and around your home and start to pare down stuff you don’t really need. Clutter tends to block places that need airflow, like your HVAC system. Drapes and furniture that block vents are responsible for added moisture in your house.


When you have doors and windows open while your AC is running, you are inviting humid air in your home. Not only that, but running your AC with windows and doors open is a huge waste of money.


Groundwater that seeps into crawl spaces can add gallons of moisture into your home every day. The best way to deal with this is by covering the floor in the crawl space with plastic. This will trap the moisture in the ground.

If you have a leaking pipe that could cause mold problems, give American Drain Company a call.