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1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to
3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
o Venting bathrooms, dryers
and other moisture
generating sources to the
o Using air conditioners and
o Increasing ventilation
o Using exhaust fans
6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can
grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
For More Information - EPA Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home
Mold exposure can cause serious adverse health effects when ingested into your body through the respiratory system and skin. Proceed with caution prior to attempting any DIY remediation as the full extent of the issue may be more than you initially expected. As a general rule of thumb, visible mold growth represents about one third of the total amount of mold present on building materials (especially if there is an active moisture source and the mold is actively growing). There is potentially two thirds of growth that you don't see. If you see mold on a drywall surface in a bedroom, it is potentially also behind the drywall, behind the baseboards, in the carpet, on the tack strips, and in the sub floor and framing. It is also crucial to understand remediation protocols and how to protect yourself and others with the proper use of personal protective equipment. Review the EPA guidelines on cleaning mold https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home AND consult with a professional mold assessor when in doubt.
The state of Virginia does not currently license the mold remediation industry. It is very important to search for a remediation professional that adheres to established industry standards such as those set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification https://www.iicrc.org/
Ask a potential remediator what standards they practice during the consultation process.
As of 2016, the District of Columbia established licensure for all mold professionals wishing to perform mold assessment or mold remediation work in the DC. The District’s mold law and regulations establish workplace standards for mold professionals. Confirm a professional's license prior to hiring in DC.