What Causes Mold?
When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.
- The key to mold control is moisture control.
- Fix leaks and seepage as soon as you notice the issue.
- Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground.
- Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove moisture to the outside.
- Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.
- Turn off certain appliances (such as humidifiers or kerosene heaters) if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
- Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
- Raise the temperature of cold surfaces where moisture condenses.
- Use insulation or storm windows.
- Increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners to promote air and heat circulation and keep doors open between rooms.
- Carpet on concrete floors can absorb moisture and serve as a place for biological pollutants to grow – use area rugs which can be taken up and washed often.
- Dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Dealing with Mold
- Get rid of the excess water or moisture.
- Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water.
- Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.
- Contact a mold remediation specialist.