How to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

Mold can be a health risk, especially to people with allergies or asthma.

Preventing Mold Growth

People with weak immune systems or chronic lung problems may be susceptible to mold infections. After flooding or leaking, mold will grow quickly. .

Open windows and doors to help dry out the wet areas. Set up fans to circulate air and help the area dry out more quickly.

Wash any wet items thoroughly with detergent and clean water. Items should be washed within 24 hours of becoming wet. Any porous items that cannot be cleaned and dried completely, such as furniture, should be removed. Carpet, carpet padding and drywall that has become wet should be removed.

Wash surface areas with a bleach and water mixture. Use no more than 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. Be sure to wear protective eye wear and non-porous gloves. Use a stiff brush to scrub the areas clean.

Things You Will Need

  • Fans
  • Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Stiff brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective eye wear


  • Discoloration of walls and ceilings or a musty smell are indications of water damage and possible mold growth.


  • Never mix bleach with other cleaning products; it may produce toxic fumes.

About the Author

Michael Kozlowski began writing in 2006 and has published fiction in Eternal Press, "The Monsters Next Door" and "Scarlett Literary Magazine." He also has a novel-length travel memoir distributed through ecapeartist.com. He spent many years in the manufacturing and construction trades, traveling extensively. Kozlowski attended Wayne State University for graphic design and fine art.