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What You Should Know About Mold

Mold can affect your health. Symptoms and potential health effects associated with exposure to mold can include: allergies, asthma, and a wide variety of respiratory complaints.

Mold grows in many colors. Black, white, brown and green are a few found in and around the outside of homes.

Mold and mold spores located in the indoor environment cannot be completely removed. To control indoor mold growth, you must control the moisture that allows the mold to exist and multiply. You can accomplish this by repairing the source of the water leak or the repairing or monitoring the item causing the water issue.

Managing moisture can decrease mold growth. Reducing indoor humidity 30 to 60% reduces growth. Moisture generating sources such as bathrooms and dryers should be vented to the outside of the home. De-humidifiers and air conditioners are helpful in removing moisture from the air. Always use exhaust fans during cleaning, dishwashing and cooking to vent the odors and dampness away from the interior of the home.

Building materials and home furnishings should be dry within 24 to 48 hours. Dry wall, floors, ceiling tiles, carpets, all types of furniture and cabinets that have received water from flooding—whether the flooding is from nature or an overflowing dishwasher, tub or sink, should be dried quickly or removed from the home to prevent mold from growing.

Hard surfaces containing mold can be cleaned easily. Use a mild detergent and water to scrub away the mold and then make sure the surface dries within a day or two. Items such as ceiling tiles and dry wall will likely need to be replaced as scrubbing and cleaning them can produce more mold.

Do not install carpet near or around areas that present continual moisture problems. This includes bathrooms, kitchens, water fountains, washing machines and utility sinks. Concrete floors that have not been properly cured may also cause perpetual water and moisture issues that cause mold.

Act quickly to prevent mold. Mold can grow on just about any surface including carpets, paper, wood and food. Contact your property manager immediately if you suspect there is mold growing in your rental home.

Cold surfaces can grow mold. Condensation on windows, exterior walls, the roof, floors and piping in the home can enable mold to grow. Insulation can help reduce condensation in many of these areas. Experts in HVAC installations can recommend the right types of insulation for a condensation problem.

The Environmental Protection Agency provides guides about mold on its website. Reading them before taking action to clean and remove mold may be helpful. You can read more about mold at the EPA website.