Mold (fungi) is present everywhere –
outdoors. There are more
than 100,000 species of
mold. Read more
Did you Know?
Molds can trigger asthma and allergies in
A 1999 Mayo Clinic Study attributed nearly all
the chronic sinus infections afflicting 37 million
Americans to molds.
Read the Study
According to USA Weekend Magazine, a 1994 study
of 10,000 homes in North America by the Harvard
University School of Public Health found that half –
50 percent – had water damage and mold problems,
increasing the likelihood that occupants would
suffer respiratory difficulties.
Read the article
According to a recent U.S. General Accounting
Office (GAO) report, 20 percent of schools have
indoor air quality problems, with many of the
schools found in poorer school districts.
Read the GAO Study
Moisture control is the key to mold control,
so 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 and the
drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep
indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30
and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity
can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a
small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at
many hardware stores.
If you see condensation or moisture collecting
on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the
wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.
Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.