You Should Know About Mold
Potential health effects and symptoms associated with
mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other
2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold
and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control
indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
3. If mold is a problem in your home or school,
you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to
prevent mold growth.
5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease
mold growth by:
a. venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating
sources to the outside;
b. using air conditioners and de-humidifiers;
c. increasing ventilation;
d. and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing,
6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials
and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
7. 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.
8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for
condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior
walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture
problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains,
by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or
10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can
grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present.
There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and
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