How to Avoid Molds
Molds (fungi) are a lower form of plant life that cannot make their own food and therefore must feed on living or dead organic matter. Molds can grow on anything and require no sunlight for growth. They thrive in total darkness in the ground, caves or tree trunks. The wind, insects and man spread mold spores. These spores are difficult to totally avoid. However, following some of these suggestions may help you avoid excessive exposure:
If you see visible mold, notice a musty/mildew smell in your home, have condensation on windows or have had water intrusion due to problems with leaky windows and/or roof, cracks in the basement foundation and outdoor grading issues, it may be necessary to contact an indoor air quality expert such as a certified industrial hygienist and/or building engineer to determine the extent of the problem and what corrective remediation is necessary. One should be careful not to undertake remediation on their own unless they have experience and adhere to standard remediation recommendations (plastic barriers, negative pressure, air scrubbers, respirator.)
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