Mold, A Must See Video
Molds in the Environment
- What are molds?
- What are some of the common indoor molds?
- How do molds affect people?
- Where are molds found?
- How can people decrease mold exposure?
- What areas have high mold exposures?
- I found mold growing in my home, how do I test the mold?
- A qualified environmental lab took samples of the mold in my home and gave me the results. Can CDC interpret these results?
- What type of doctor should I see concerning mold exposure?
- My landlord or builder will not take any responsibility for cleaning up the mold in my home. Where can I go for help?
- I’m sure that mold in my workplace is making me sick.
- I am very concerned about mold in my children’s school and how it affects their health.
Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.
Mold behind wallpaper
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
- Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
- Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.
- If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document also applies to other building types. You can get it free by calling the EPA Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse at (800) 438-4318, or by going to the EPA web site at http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.
- Keep the humidity level in the house between 40% and 60%.
- Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
- Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
- Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
- Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
- Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
- Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.
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