Hints & HELP!
submitted by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
article will appear in the February 27, 2005 Lincoln Journal
are found both indoors and outdoors. Mold spores grow when
moisture is present and conditions are right. Mold allergens
can cause respiratory congestion, eye irritation, headaches
and fatigue. Indoor mold growth can be prevented and controlled
by controlling the moisture in the home.
mold is found in the home, the first thing to be done is
find the moisture source and make the needed changes to
reduce or control the moisture. Then the mold needs to be
taken care of correctly. To prevent mold growth, it is important
to dry out water-damaged areas and items within 48 hours.
you find mold, many times it can be removed. Mold used to
be cleaned up by wiping down the surface with a diluted
chorine bleach solution. Now recommendations for cleaning
non-porous surfaces include physically removing as much
of the mold as possible with a strong detergent solution
followed by a rinse of clear water. The bleach solution
is reserved for use as a sanitizer after all evidence of
mold is removed from the areas exposed to dirty water, soil
and bacteria. People planning to do mold clean-up should
take careful measures to protect themselves, including wearing
goggles, gloves, clothing covering the whole body and a
porous materials arent easy to clean and should be
thrown away. Care should be taken so mold spores arent
spread throughout the home. Use plastic bags or tarps to
cover and carry items such as carpets, boxes, wall board
and other porous materials.
you have a mold problem in your home and the area is less
than ten square feet, most times, you can handle the clean
up yourself. It is important to follow proper guidelines
when doing the job yourself. If you choose to hire someone
to do the job, be sure they have experience in cleaning
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has good indoor air
quality information and good reference guides Mold,
Moisture and Your Home and Mold Remediation in Schools
and Commercial Building on their Web site www.epa.gov/iaq/molds.
contractors, remodelers, housing managers, real estate licensees,
inspectors and HVAC and other housing professionals wanting
to learn more about mold and moisture problems and solutions
are invited to attend the Mold, Moisture, and Ventilation
Symposium, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at the Holiday Inn
Central, Omaha. For more information and fee call 441-7180.
moisture control is the key to mold control.