Mold can be found almost anywhere: from schools and commercial buildings, to hospitals and even our homes. In most cases, molds are harmless. But when mold continues to grow and grow, it can cause serious health issues such as allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came up with this list of ten things you should know about mold.
1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
2. There is no practical way to eliminate all molds 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:
- Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside.
- Using air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
- Increasing ventilation.
- Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning.
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 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 frequent condensation).
10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet and foods.
Using an EPA-registered disinfectant such as Hillyard
Q.T.® Plus can help control mold and mildew growth. Both products can be used on non-porous surfaces. When cleaning mold, be sure you are wearing proper personal protective equipment and are in a well-ventilated area. Refer to the product material data sheet and product labeling for proper use.
Click here for more information on the EPA's recommendations for mold control and cleanup.