we live in the desert. as soon as the heat hits, my house smells of mold. i think it's from the front load washing machine. any way to stop

Asked by Diane Deeks
La Quinta, CA

The laundry area is very small. My husband has to open the window next to the stack washer/dryer, reach in and pull out the drain hose and pour gel bleach in it to try and kill the mold. There are no leaks in the walls or floors. This only happens in the summer. I use the cleaning cycle 1-2 times a month during the summer. The unit is in the southwest area of the house. The house is 73 years old and only insulated in the ceiling.


Sean Lintow Sr

Answered by Sean Lintow Sr

Naperville, IL

SLS Construction & Building Solutions

November 21, 2013

Run an empty load with Borax & vinegar in it to help eliminate any standing issues. After this make sure after you run a load you leave the door open to allow for it to dry out. You may want to check that everything is draining properly & that there is a P-Trap in the line to prevent gasses from getting back into the house. As for the dryer hose you may wish to make sure that it also has the proper bend at the top to help prevent gasses from rising up & coming out

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