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May 9, 2014

16 Facts About Mold

  1. Exposure to mold can result in a number of health problems including asthma, respiratory problems, allergic reactions, rashes, nose and throat irritation, headaches and more.
  2. You cannot completely remove mold in an indoor environment but you can control the growth and spread of mold.

  1. To control mold growth, you must control moisture that the mold thrives on.
  2. You can reduce indoor air humidity by up to 60% by utilizing air conditioners, de-humidifiers, venting bathrooms, increasing ventilation and by using exhaust fans whenever possible.
  3. Wet or damp building materials should be dried within 24-48 hours in order to reduce mold growth.
  4. Porous materials that contain mold colonies (ie. wood, ceiling tiles and fabrics) should be replaced. Hard surface materials like porcelain can be cleaned using household products or mold cleaners  – read more.
  5. Properly insulated windows, doors, roof and floors will reduce condensation which can reduce mold growth.
  6. For commercial building owners – never install carpet or other moisture retaining materials nears sources of water (fountains, sinks, drains)
  7. Mold can grow on literally any surface as long as the right mold growth conditions are present – read more.
  8.  The more dangerous forms of mold, such as Apergillus, have been linked to cancers, respiratory failure and immune suppression.
  9.  Mold spores can cause health problems even if they are dead or dormant. Hence “killing mold” is not an efficient method of removal.
  10.  Mold spores will not grow or reproduce if they do not have a moisture source present.
  11.  Common food sources for mold include carpeting, upholstery, fabric and building materials such as drywall.
  12.  Molds often grow in hidden places like behind walls or wallpaper, underneath carpet or in ceiling cavities like heating or cooling ducts.
  13.  The majority of mold growth can be linked back to building neglect such as improper insulation, improper ventilation etc.
  14.  Commercial building owners who receive a mold complaint can be held liable in court if the problem is not properly handled.
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