Everything you need to know about mold
Mold can be found anywhere.
Some examples include:
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While harmless in most cases, mold can be the cause of serious health problems if left unchecked, and allowed to grow.
Ten Things You Should Know
- Excessive mold exposure can result in a number of health problems, such as:
Allergic Reactions | Asthma | Respiratory Issues
- Mold and mold spores cannot be entirely eliminated from an indoor environment.
* The only way to limit indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
- Mold growth can be prevented by fixing water leakage problems.
- Mold needs to be cleaned up, and any sources of moisture eliminated, where it has become a problem.
- The growth of mold can be mitigated by:
- Reducing indoor humidity to between 30 and 60 percent.
- Increasing the ventilation of the room.
- Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers.
- Using exhaust fans when cleaning, cooking, and dishwashing.
- Venting moisture-generating sources, such as bathrooms and dryers, to the outside.
- Any damp and/or wet furnishings and building materials must be cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours.
- Hard surfaces with mold should be cleaned with water and detergent, and then dried completely.
* It may become necessary to replace moldy, absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles.
- Add insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, piping, roofs, and windows, in order to prevent condensation.
- Avoid using carpets and rugs in areas where moisture is a constant problem, such as sinks and fountains.
- There are different kinds of mold which can be found nearly anywhere, and can grow on virtually any substance, including carpet, foods, paper, and wood, as long as moisture is present.