Ten Things You Should Know About Mold1.Potentialhealtheffectsandsymptomsassociatedwithmoldexposureincludeallergicreactions,asthma,andother respiratory complaints. 2.Thereisnopracticalwaytoeliminateallmoldandmoldsporesintheindoorenvironment;thewaytocontrolindoormold growth is to control moisture. 3. If mold is a problem in your home, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture. 4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30% to 60%) to decrease mold growth by: a. venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside;b. using air conditioners and de-humidifiers;c. increasing ventilation; andd. 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 mold growth.7.Cleanmoldoffhardsurfaceswithwateranddetergent,anddrycompletely.Absorbentmaterialsthataremoldy(suchas carpeting and ceiling tiles) may need to be replaced. 8.Preventcondensation.Reducethepotentialforcondensationoncoldsurfaces(i.e.,windows,piping,exteriorwalls,roof and floors) by adding insulation. 9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting.10.Moldscanbefoundalmostanywhere;theycangrowonvirtuallyanysubstance,providedmoistureispresent.Thereare molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.