Molds are microscopic organisms found everywhere in the environment; indoors and outdoors. When present in large quantities, molds have the potential to cause adverse health effects.

Health Effects of Mold Exposure
  • Sneezing
  • Cough and congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Aggravation of asthma
  • Eye irritation
  • Dermatitis (skin rash)
People at Greatest Risk of Health Effects
  • Individuals with allergies, asthma, sinusitis, or other lung diseases
  • Individuals with a weakened immune system (e.g., HIV patients)
How to Recognize Mold
  • Sight – Usually appear as colored woolly mats
  • Smell – Often produce a foul, musty, earthy smell
Preventing Mold Growth
  • Remove excess moisture with a wet-dry vacuum and dry out the building as quickly as possible
  • Use fans to assist in the drying process
  • Clean wet materials and surfaces with detergent and water
  • Discard all water damaged materials
  • Discard all porous materials that have been wet for more than 48 hours
General Mold Cleanup Tips
  • Identify and correct moisture problem
  • Make sure working area is well ventilated
  • Discard mold damaged materials in plastic bags
  • Clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water
  • Disinfect cleaned surfaces with 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup household bleach in 1 gallon of water. CAUTION: Do not mix bleach with other cleaning products that contain ammonia
  • Use respiratory protection (A N-95 respirator is recommended)
  • Use hand and eye protection