Mold Facts and Tips

FACTS:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.

  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.

  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can often lead you to the possible mold problem areas.

  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Ally recommends keeping your indoor relative humidity levels between 45-60%.

 

MOLD PREVENTION TIPS:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 60%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.

  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.

  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.

  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding or water damage.

  • Consider adding mold inhibitors to paints before painting.

  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.

  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

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