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Things You Should Know About Mold
1.There are potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
2. You cannot eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. You can control indoor mold growth if you control the moisture in you home.
3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must first eliminate the moisture sources and then clean up the mold..
4. Fix any plumbing leaks and bulk water sources
5.Indoor humidity should be reduced to (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, and cleaning.
6. If furnishings or building materials get wet, clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
7. Remove mold from hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, should be replaced.
8. Condensation is a big source of moisture: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
9. Do not install carpeting in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem (i.e., by water fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
10. Molds is found almost everywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, if moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
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