23 Sep TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MOLD
Posted at 19:45h in Mold
Following are ten informational items you should know about mold:
- Potential health effects associated with mold include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory problems;
- There is no practical way to eliminate all mold in the indoor environment; the way to control mold is to control moisture.
- If mold is a problem in a home or school, the mold and sources of moisture must be eliminated.
- Fix the source of any water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
- Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; increasing ventilation; and use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
- Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 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.
- Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
- In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, in bathrooms, in basements).
- Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. Mold can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.