Home maintenance helps homeowners keep their homes in top shape, save money, and avoid headaches! Water and mold cause major crises, which can be avoided simply by practicing regular home maintenance. To understand how to avoid water damage and mold, one needs to understand how mold grows. Mold needs three things in order to grow – a surface to grow on, food (dead organic materials, such as wood,) and water. The only factor we can control is moisture. It therefore behooves homeowners to practice home maintenance by performing simple periodic checks. Considering that mold has the potential to start growing within 24 to 48 hours, responding quickly to an indoor water problem or water infiltration from the outside is of the utmost importance.