Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions and spreads by developing spores as a result of natural reproduction.. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

Prevent condensation

  • Reduce the ambient humidity within the building.
  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical or use fans to aid the drying process.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation to limit condensation.
  • Increase air temperature to speed drying process.

Reduce humidity

  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible. (Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.)
  • Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed.
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering.
  • Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.

Keep your eye on problematic areas

  • Daily Spills - Areas such as water coolers where spills happen frequently should be checked regularly for moisture buildup.
  • Overflows - Toilet, tub, and sink overflows can spread contaminants if not fully cleaned up. Any affected sheetrock must be dried within 24 hours.
  • Drainage - Keep indoor and outdoor drains clear of clogs and buildup.
  • Plumbing - Insulate exposed pipes to prevent condensation and freezing.
  • Roofing - Check for proper seal on all singles, flashing, and vents.
  • HVAC - Condensation from air conditioners needs proper drainage to the outdoors. Keep pipes and filters clean to prevent blockage.
  • Ventilation - Install ventilation or exhaust fans in moist, confined areas to facilitate air circulation.

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