Common Sense Measures
to Prevent and Remove Mold

Routine maintenance and common-sense repair measures taken by home and building owners will almost always prevent mold growth in the home and workplace.

According to Kay Soper of the Texas Department of Health’s indoor air-quality branch, “There are thousands of types of mold, and it’s all potentially harmful if there is enough of it. Fixing the cause has to be the first step.”

How can I prevent mold from growing in my house?

  • Keep humidity level in house below 50%.
  • Use air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Use mold inhibitors that can be added to paints.
  • Clean bathroom with mold killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms.
  • Remove and replace flooded carpets.

If I find mold, what should I do?

  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the key to mold control is moisture control.
  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture.
  • Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water.
  • Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.
  • Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.

Note: Tips on mold control and prevention are from the Environmental Protection Agency’s web site

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