Hold the Mold by Catching Leaks Early

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If you ignore stains or discoloration in your linoleum, before you know it, a small leak may turn into an extensive mold problem. Tests for mold are expensive and the clean up can cost thousands of dollars. An owner of a Diamond Certified company says to prevent serious mold problems, homeowners should regularly check for leaks under sinks, around toilets, bathtubs and washing machines. Don't forget to look by your water heater and near the refrigerator's hook-up for the icemaker.

If you find dampness, clean it up and lay out paper towels. Check the towels often for small drips to pinpoint where the leak is coming from. Water spots and moldy smells are clues that you need to fix those leaks right away, not six months from now.