10 Things You Should Know About Mould

I received this list of 10 Things you should know about Mould from Tim Palmer:
By Lighthouse Inspections Durham Region
Mould Basics 
  • The key to mould control is moisture control.
  • If mould is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mould promptly and fix the water problem.
  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mould growth.
 1.  Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mould exposure include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.  
 2.  There is no practical way to eliminate all mould and mould spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mould growth is to control moisture. 
 3.  If mould is a problem in your home, you must clean up the mould and eliminate sources of moisture. 
 4.  Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mould growth.
 5.  Reduce indoor humidity (to 30% to 60%) to decrease mould growth by: 
a. venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside;
b. using air conditioners and de-humidifiers;
c. increasing ventilation; and
d. using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.  
 6.  Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mould growth.
 7.  Clean mould off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials that are mouldy (such as carpeting and ceiling tiles) may need to be replaced. 
 8.  Prevent condensation.  Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof and floors) by adding insulation. 
 9.  In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting.
10.  Moulds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, provided moisture is present. There are moulds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

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or Tim Palmer can do an infrared scan for you.
Sorry Tim I had to change "mold" to "mould" - still prefer the British spelling.
Linda Porritt

Linda Porritt

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