IS THERE MOLD IN MY AIR?
Yes! There are mold spores indoors, and outdoors. Mold is a fungi, along with mushrooms, yeasts, and plant rusts. There are more than over 100,000 species of fungi that has been identified, and microbiologist believe there are many more. There is no practical way to remove all mold from the air.
Moisture problems in buildings increase levels of airborne mold spore count. According to the (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency Indoor Relative Humidity should be between (30-60%). When moisture is controlled, mold growth will decrease.
Indoor filtration or HVAC can lower mold spore counts indoors. HVAC Filters help reduce mold spores in the air.
10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MOLD-BY EPA
- Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
- There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
- If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
- Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
- 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
- Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
- Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- 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.
- Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
- 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).
- 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.