Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory disorders.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores indoors; the way to control indoor mold growth is through moisture control.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you need to clean the mold and remove the moisture from the environment.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leakage to prevent mold growth.
    • Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60 per cent) to reduce mold growth by:
    • Suitable for outdoor ventilation of bathrooms, dryers and other sources of moisture
    • Use of air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
    • Increased ventilation
    • Use exhaust fans during cooking , washing and cleaning.
  5. Clean and dry all wet or damp building materials and furniture within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  6. Clean and dry the mold from hard surfaces with clean water and detergent. Absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles, which are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  7. Prevent condensation: reduce the condensation potential on cold surfaces ( e.g. windows, pipes, exterior walls , roofs or floors) by adding insulation.
  8. Do not install carpeting (e.g. drinking fountains, classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation) in areas where there is a perpetual problem with moisture.
  9. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on almost any substance, providing moisture. There are molds that can grow on wood , paper, carpets, and food.


Facts provided by the Environmental Protection Agency