10 Things You Need to Know About Mold in Florida

by admin on March 11, 2010

in Maintenance, Residents

Leaks are a Source of Mold

Mold issues are devastating to homeowners and the problem is caused by a combination of high humidity, plumbing leaks , roof leaks or any type of water intrusion.  As we discovered in 2004 and 2005, tropical storm activity can cause untold mold misery for many.  Florida is known for its mold problems and the resultant health and property damage issues that come with it.

Below, are the top 10 things that you should know and be aware of about mold:

1.     Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.  

2.     There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

3.     If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

4.     Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

5.     Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth; by venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

6.     Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

7.     Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely.  Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

8.     Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

9.     In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

10.   Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Hopefully, you will never have to experience the debilitating effects of mold, but if you suspect that you are being exposed to mold, take these actions immediately.

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