Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. Molds may grow indoors, or outdoors and are part of our natural environment. They play a significant role in the environment by breaking down and digesting organic material. Molds multiply by producing microscopic spores like the seeds produced by plants. Spores are so small they easily float through the air and spread great distances by even the most gentle breezes. Mold is not usually a problem indoors — unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. As molds grow, they digest whatever they are growing on. Unchecked mold growth can damage buildings and furnishings; molds can rot wood, damage drywall, and eventually cause structural damage to buildings. Mold can also cause cosmetic damage, such as stains, to furnishings. The potential human health effects of mold are also a concern. It is important, therefore, to prevent mold from growing indoors.
Helpful Tips to Avoid Mold Issues
- Clean up any water damage or flooding thoroughly and immediately.
- Use a dehumidifier and a wet/dry vacuum to remove water quickly.
- Remove carpeting if still wet after 48 hours. If the carpet is contaminated it needs to be replaced.
- Repair basement cracks so that moisture cannot seep in.
- Add mold inhibitors to paint.
- Use a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner to reduce indoor moisture, especially during humid months of the year.
- Empty the drip pans in your air conditioner, refrigerator, and dehumidifier regularly to prevent water buildup.
- Run the exhaust fan for 20 minutes before and after shower.
- Fix plumbing leaks immediately. Mold will begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours after a leak.
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