Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected both indoors and outdoors, year-round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors, they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors, they can be found where the humidity levels are high such as basements or showers. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water or a bleach-water solution of 1-cup bleach to 1-gallon of water.
Typical areas of high mold exposure are antique shops, greenhouses, saunas, farms, mills, construction areas, flower shops, summer cottages, basements, showers and any high humidity area.
In order to reduce mold problems we suggest the following:
- Keeping the humidity level indoors between 40%-60%.
- Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
- Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
- Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
- Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
- Do not carpet bathrooms or basements.
- Remove or replace previously soaked carpets or upholstery.