About Mold & Moisture

Mold is a fungus that grows in warm, damp, humid conditions where there is little air movement. Mold spores are small airborne that can cause respiratory issues.

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The Facts

Places you might find mold:

  • Bathrooms
  • In wet or damp basements and crawl spaces
  • Around leaky sinks
  • In attics under leaky roofs
  • On windows and walls where condensation collects
  • Under wallpaper or carpet
  • In or around air conditioners

The Risks

Moisture and mold can cause:

  • Eye and skin irritation
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Hyper sensitivity pneumonitis
     

Steps you can take

How to removing mold:

  • Use soap and water to scrub mold off hard surfaces (harsh chemicals are not needed). Soft, porous surfaces like carpet of furniture may have to be thrown away.
  • Remember to wear personal protective equipment while cleaning mold.
  • If the mold occupies more than 10 square feet, contact a professional mold remediator.
  • After removing the mold, you must address the source of the moisture problem to prevent mold from growing back.

The key to mold control is moisture control:

  • Fix sources of moisture problems as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Throw away wet carpeting, mattresses, cardboard boxes, insulation or other things that have been wet for more than two days.
  • Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60 percent relative humidity, ideally 30-50 percent, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Don’t let the foundation stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
  • Use downspouts to direct rainwater away from the house. Make sure the gutters are working.

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