10 Important Things Everyone Should Know About Mold
Don’t go into mold prevention and mold removal unarmed! Here are some tips that will help you fight your battle with mold:
Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
Control Mold Growth
There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
Repair Water Problems
Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
Reduce Indoor Humidity
Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and dehumidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
Clean and Dry
Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
Rules for Carpeting
In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
Mold is Everywhere
Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team
Source: The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) at epa.gov