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In a situation like this, any hard surface that has mold embedded within it would need to be removed. Don’t worry about the clothes though – even if mold is growing on these, hot water and detergent should remove it. (Photo courtesy Nancy Torres)

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A common solution is to repaint or replaster an affected wall once it dries. This does not actually kill the mold, so you run the risk of it growing back. (Photo by Ashley Rogriguez)

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While seemingly harmless, spots like these can cause a major hassle. Bits of mold release active and inactive spores, which can cause your mold problem to return even after you think you've cleaned it all up. (Photo by Oresti Tsonopoulos)

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According to the mold removal experts at Microecologies, the material in drywall can serve as a perfect breeding ground for mold when it gets wet. "The refined cellulose in the paper backing on sheetrock wallboards is particularly susceptible to mold colonization if it becomes wet," said Bill Sothern of Microecologies. (Photo by Ashley Rodriguez)

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In this case, someone painted over a patch of mold. However, as long as it gets the moisture it needs, mold can continue to grow within the walls – almost invisibly. (Photo by Gabriella Ianetta)

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As NYCHA informs its residents on its website, good ventilation can prevent the growth of mold in the first place. Bathrooms, like this one, can trap in wetness after people shower, which eventually can cause paint to peel and mold to spread. (Photo by Oresti Tsonopoulos)

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When looking for mold, be sure to check below sinks. Minor leaks over time can create the damp conditions in which mold thrives, leading to cabinetry being degraded by the fungi. (Photo courtesy Nancy Torres)

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Even when there isn’t a leak, mold can grow. Here, the condensation from the window provided the necessary humidity that led to a mold problem. Keeping windows and windowsills dry can help prevent mold build-up. (Photo by Pamela Granda)

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Another common area in many New York City apartments where mold can grow is on the edges of heating and plumbing pipes in bathrooms. Even if there’s not a leak, water builds up around these pipes due to condensation. And that moisture can serve as a fertile breeding ground for a mold outbreak. (Photo courtesy Nancy Torres)

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Not all forms of mold are alike. Some forms of black mold, like this patch growing in a bathroom, can make you very sick if you breathe it in. Proper ventilation and vacuuming the air is advised when treating mold, no matter the type. (Photo courtesy Nancy Torres)

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