Dealing with Mold
What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that is present in our natural environment. These spores can grow on building materials and furnishings if conditions are correct. They may be brought inside via clothing, shoes and soils. Excess moisture is usually the primary factor in any indoor mold problem. Eventually, the moisture and mold will damage what it is growing on, which may include both the building materials and furniture. The key to preventing mold growth is to prevent moisture problems.
Mold spores contain allergens, which some immune systems recognize as dangerous. They can trigger allergic reactions including nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, coughing, and hay fever-like symptoms.
Where is mold found?
Mold can be found in damp areas. Especially in areas that aren’t exposed to sunlight often. Some Examples include:
- Basements or crawl spaces
- Behind Furniture near windows
- Buildings that have flooding or water damage
- Under kitchen sinks
- Near leaky pipes
Tips for dealing with mold
- Wear a filter mask if mold exposure is anticipated
- Change heating and cooling filters regularly.
- Provide adequate air circulation - open windows in your home once a month
- Have a dehumidifier regulate the humidity in the air. Indoor humidity levels should stay between 40-50 percent.