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Controlling moisture inside your home involves more than just sinks and showers. Pay attention to:

1) Houseplants: "You should not have standing water anywhere in your home," Miller says. "Be aware that something as simple as standing water in a pot under a plant could lead to mold."

2) Appliances: "Certain models of refrigerators have drain trays underneath," says Miller. "Make sure those are regularly cleaned and checked."

3) Carpets: Says Miller, "In just 24 to 48 hours, soaked carpeting can lead to mold if you don't get it dried."

4) Ventilation: Particularly in high-moisture areas like bathroom and kitchens, says Miller, "exhaust fans can help eliminate moisture, which can lead to mold. If you have an exhaust fan, use it. If you don't have one, you may want to think about installing one."
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