Healthy Homes: Mold & Moisture
Should You Be Concerned?
Most of us have seen mold or moisture around the home, but did you know that mold is alive? It grows on wet or damp surfaces. It is often gray or black but can also be white, orange, or green. It can grow out in the open, on places like walls, clothes, and appliances. But you may also find it more in hidden places - under carpets or in walls and attics. Mold often smells musty. Mildew is a common kind of mold. Homes near the ocean or in a damp climate are more susceptible to modl than homes in other locations.
Mold produces spores; tiny specks you can't see, that float through the air. When you breathe in mold spores, they get into your lungs. This can cause health problems. People with allergies to modl may have reactions including watery eyes, runny or stuffed up noses, sneezing, itching, wheezing, trouble breathing, headaches, and tiredness. Mold cna even trigger asthma attacks.
Some molds can cause severe health problems in some people, but scientists disagree about what the problems are. Mold is almost everywhere, but is not healthy to live where mold is growing. Because mold needs moisture to grow, try to keep your home and everything in it dry.
Places you might find mold include:
- Bathrooms, especially around the shower or tub, on the walls, ceiling or floor
- In wet or damp basements and crawl spaces
- Around leaky bathroom and kitchen sinks
- In attics udner leaking roofs
- On wet clothes that are not dried quickly
- On windows and walls where condensation collects
- In closets
- Under wallpaper or carpet
- In your air conditioner
It is important to fix any moisture prolbem in your home right away. Mold can grow fast, so it's best not to wait. Stop mold from growing by quickly drying or throwing away anything that has gotten wet.
Mold and Moisture Teacher's Guide (Word)
Mold and Moisture (PowerPoint: 211 KB)
Mold and Moisture Pre-test (Word: 72 KB)
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