Ten Things You Should Know About Mold
- Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory disorders.
- There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores indoors; the way to control indoor mold growth is through moisture control.
- If mold is a problem in your home or school, you need to clean the mold and remove the moisture from the environment.
- 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.
- Clean and dry all wet or damp building materials and furniture within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- 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.
- Prevent condensation: reduce the condensation potential on cold surfaces ( e.g. windows, pipes, exterior walls , roofs or floors) by adding insulation.
- 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.
- 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