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.


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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