Controlling Mold Growth During Spring Cleaning and the Rest of the Year
Molds are everywhere in the environment and can grow on virtually any organic substance where moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, carpet and insulation. Mold growth will often occur when excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials. If the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed, not only can the damage from mold growth be costly, but it can affect your home’s indoor air quality and the health of people sensitive to mold, too. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
The key is to remember that:"The key to mold control is moisture control!"
-If possible keep indoor humidity low.
-Scrub only visible mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water and dry the area completely.
-Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
-If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls, or pipes, dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.
-Clean and repair roof gutters regulary
-Identify and repair plumbing leaks and other water problems immediately.