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Mold FAQ

General

1. What is so dangerous about mold?
2. Will cleaning moldy areas stop the growth?
3. How can I tell if I have mold?
4. Where does mold grow?

Mold Prevention

1. What are the basic steps to mold prevention?
2. What are the techniques for mold prevention in the bathroom?

General

Q: What is so dangerous about mold?
A: Mold is mainly dangerous to your health as it may cause light allergic reactions to serious illness. It is more dangerous to infants, children, elderly people, pregnant women, and people with respiratory diseases, a weakened immune system, and those who suffer from allergies. The common reactions to mold are nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, shortness of breath, wheezing, and in rare cases, mold infections.

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Q: Will cleaning moldy areas stop the growth?
A: Cleaning is an important step when attempting to eliminate mold but it is not enough and will not stop mold growth. To stop mold you must remove the moisture source that promotes the growth. It is most recommended to keep the affected area dry and moisture free.

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Q: How can I tell if I have mold?
A: Active mold growth is slimy or fuzzy and is usually green, black, orange or purple. Inactive mold is dry and powdery and is usually white. In early stages, mold may look like a web while in full bloom it looks bushy. Another indicator for mold presence is odor. Mold has a musty, earthy smell that can indicate its presence even if it cannot be seen.

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Q: Where does mold grow?
A: Mold can be found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Usually, mold is found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as in the outdoor environment in grass, leaf piles, hay, and mulch.

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Mold Prevention

Q: What are the basic steps to mold prevention?
A: To prevent mold from growing, you will need to keep humidity levels below 40-45 percent. Start with measuring air moisture using a humidity meter (hygrometer). To maintain adequate moisture levels, allow good air circulation and use dehumidifiers and your AC system.

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Q: What are the techniques for mold prevention in the bathroom?
A: The most important technique for mold prevention is keeping low humidity levels. This can be achieved by:

  1. Allowing good air circulation by opening windows and doors and by turning the exhaust fan whenever using the bathroom.
  2. Keeping the bathroom in good condition by cleaning it frequently and keeping it as dry as possible.

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