Florida Mold Claims
Did you know that there are over 100,000 species of mold? Did you know that mold can cause allergic reactions and respiratory ailments? Did you know that you can’t completely eliminate mold?
If mold has you concerned, learn more about it. After all, knowledge is power. By learning about mold and how to control it, you will be better able to reduce the likelihood of becoming the next mold victim.
Top Ten Mold Concerns from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York City Health Department:
While over 100,000 species of mold exist, most species are not hazardous to your health (if you are a healthy individual). However, certain species of mold can affect those with weakened immune systems or mold sensitivities. Allergic reactions, rashes, asthma, and respiratory ailments can occur as a result of mold exposure.
Mold is everywhere and you cannot practically eliminate all mold from your home. The only way to control mold is to control the indoor environment, particularly moisture.
When mold is discovered, prompt clean up is a must followed by the elimination of the water source.
You can prevent mold growth by promptly repairing water leaks.
Reducing indoor humidity to 30-60% can decrease mold growth.
You have just 24-48 hours to clean and dry wet building materials and furnishings before mold will grow.
Hard surfaces can be cleaned with detergent and water and then dried completely. Soft and absorbent surfaces such as plasterboard, drywall, or ceiling tiles may need to be removed and replaced.
Insulation can prevent condensation on cold windows, roofs, floors, walls, and pipes.
Mold can grow anywhere if there’s a water source including food, paper, carpet, and wood.
Do not install carpet in areas where there’s a perpetual water problem.