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Mold Prevention
Reduce Moisture
  • Leaks, flooding, seepage, showers and even cooking can lead to moisture build-up. If you notice any wood warping, cracking Plaster board, water stains, condensation build-up or musty odors, seek out and take steps to eliminate the source of moisture as quickly as possible.
  • Vent moisture producing appliances such as dryers and stoves. Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering and use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking, or running the dishwasher.

    Regulate the Temperature
  • As the temperature drops, the air canít hold as much moisture. This is why condensation forms on cold surfaces.
  • Use insulation or storm windows, open Doors between rooms (especially closets where it can be cold, dark and moist) and increase air circulation by moving furniture from walls and corners. Pay special attention to concrete floors as carpet can absorb moisture. Use area rugs that can be taken up and washed often.

    Who can I contact for more information?

    IACH Preventive Medicine
    239-7479

    Or visit: www.epa.gov/iaq/molds

    Can mold cause health problems?
    Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that cause allergic reactions), irritants and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. It is important to use proper precautions when cleaning up mold to help protect you and your family from mold exposure. For more detailed Information about symptoms or reactions to mold consult your health care provider or local health department.
    Why is mold growing in my home?
    Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores (present in the natural environment) land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, but none of them will grow without water or moisture. This is why the key To mold control is moisture control. If mold Is a problem in your home, finding and eliminating the source of moisture is just as important as cleaning the mold itself.

    How do I get rid of mold?
  • Identify and eliminate the moisture source.
  • Clean, disinfect, and dry the moldy area.
  • Bag and dispose any material that has moldy residues such as rags, paper, leaves and debris.


    Important Note to Renters/Military Housing Occupants
  • Please contact your landlord/military Housing manager before undergoing any remediation process. Cleaning products can damage porous materials, fabric and carpeting. You may be charged for damages if you do not have the proper authority/written consent beforehand.

    Contacts
    Preventive Medicine
    Main Office
    (785) 239-7323
    (785) 239-7386
    Chief, Environmental Health
    (785) 239-7516
    NCOIC, Environmental Health
    (785) 239-7479

     
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