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.
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
Increase air temperature to speed drying process.
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
Plumbing - Insulate exposed pipes to prevent condensation
Roofing - Check for proper seal on all singles, flashing,
HVAC - Condensation from air conditioners needs proper
drainage to the outdoors. Keep pipes and filters clean to prevent
Ventilation - Install ventilation or exhaust fans in moist,
confined areas to facilitate air circulation.
Being informed and well prepared are
the best ways to improve your chances of recovering from disaster.
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