June 5, 2004  
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Featured Issue: How to Avoid Mold and Moisture Problems

Moisture Damage Warning Signs In the Laundry Room

By definition, laundry rooms are warm and moist. Small wonder it's a prime location for moisture and mold problems. If you spot any of these warning signs, take steps to correct them.

    What to Look for at Hose Connections

  • Look for leaks - even tiny ones - at both ends of all water connections.

    What to Look for at the Dryer

  • Check to see if the dryer hose connection is loose - especially where it vents to the outside.
  • Watch for too many turns or twists or in the dryer vent, which can prevent it from venting properly.
  • Check to see if lint is collecting beneath or behind the dryer.

    Maintenance Tips

  • Wire-wrapped hoses prevent hose failures much better than plain rubber ones and last a very long time. Don't forget to replace the hose washers, too!
  • Use drain treatments in the utility sinks BEFORE a clog happens, as part of your periodic maintenance routine.
  • When you vacuum the rest of the house, be sure to include the laundry room.
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