Top Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

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Top Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

  1. Mold can be found almost anywhere; mold needs moisture and a food source to grow. Common food sources include wood, paper, carpet, drywall etc.
  2. Mold exposure poses potential health effects and symptoms, such as asthma, allergic reactions and other respiratory complications.
  3. There is no concrete way to eliminate mold all together in an indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control and take care of the moisture issue.
  4. If mold is a problem in your home, you must properly clean up the mold and eliminate the moisture source. The sooner the matter is taken care of the better to prevent it from spreading and becoming even a bigger issue.
  5. Fix the source of the water problem to prevent continuous mold growth.
  6. Reduce relative humidity to below 45% to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside. Use air conditioners and de-humidifiers to increase ventilation whenever possible. Whenever cooking, dish washing or cleaning use exhaust fans.
  7. Clean and dry damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  8. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and borax cleaning solution, and dry completely. Porous materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  9.  Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, piping, exterior walls etc. by adding insulation.
  10. If there is an area with an ongoing moisture problem do not install carpeting.
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