WHAT IF I SUSPECT I HAVE HIDDEN MOLD? You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or you know there has been water damage and you or others are experiencing health problems. Mold may be hidden in places like the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceilings, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking pipes as shown in the photo), the
Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips MOISTURE CONTROL IS THE KEY TO MOLD CONTROL
When water leaks or spills occur indoors - act quickly. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
• Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
• Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
• Keep air conditioning drip pans clean an
More than 10 square feet of damage? Time to seriously consider professional mold remediation. ►If there has been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, consult EPA's Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings (https://www.epa.gov/…/mold-remediation-schools-and-commerci…). Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document is applicable to other building types.
►If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professi
Who should do the cleanup depends on a number of factors. One is the size of the problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you can handle the job yourself. SELF CLEANING GUIDELINES:
The tips and techniques presented here will help you clean up your mold problem. Professional cleaners or remediators may use methods not covered here. Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage. It ma
I found mold in my house! First, don't panic. There's a lot to know so I am going to share information in installments so it is not overwhelming. Here we go! Installment 1: Why is mold growing in my home? Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead trees. But indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the n