Moldinspector.com Online Since 1999
 
Do-It-Yourself Blog for Mold Health &Mold Inspection, Testing, Removal, & Prevention, Plus Air Duct Cleaning & Building Decontamination by EnviroFry for Homes, Workplaces, & Commercial Buildings Nationwide USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia/N.Z., South America, and Worldwide!
 
 
Mold Expert Consultant  What Is Mold?  Mold Health  Mold News Mold Legal Liability Mold Inspection 
 Mold Inspector Directory  Mold Lab Analysis Mold Removal  Mold Products  Air Conditioning Mold  Workplace Mold  
 Mold Prevention  Mold Real Estate Problems  Mold Inspection Clause  Top 10 Mold Mistakes 
10 Steps To Find Hidden Mold 
 
10 Mold Inspection Steps 10 Steps Prevent Mold Legal Problems  Mold Q & A  Vehicle Detoxification  Mold Inspector Training
 
 
Contact Mold Expert Phillip Fry phil@moldinspector.com  Phone Phillip Toll-Free 1-866-300-1616 or 1-810-639-0523
or cell phone 1-480-310-7970      
Visit the Site Map at the bottom of this page.

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/images/print_header.gif

 

 Hong Kong http://www.thestandard.com.hk

Breaking the mold

The black spots on your walls are more than just unsightly. Because any type of mold growth in elevated levels indoors can harm the occupants' health, prevention can significantly improve the well- being of residents. Here are the top 12 tips to prevent indoor mold:

by Phillip Fry and Divine Fry, Mold Consultants

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The black spots on your walls are more than just unsightly. Because any type of mold growth in elevated levels indoors can harm the occupants' health, prevention can significantly improve the well- being of residents. Here are the top 12 tips to prevent indoor mold:

Keep year-round indoor humidity to less than 60 percent. Adequate ventilation, air-conditioning and dehumidifiers can help. Indoor mold grows very well when the indoor humidity is above 70 percent. Minimize the use of live indoor plants, which facilitate mold growth and increase humidity due to frequent watering. High humidity in southern and eastern Hong Kong, leaks, internal air-conditioner moisture and dirt accumulation and ground water wicking up through concrete floors are the major causes of growth.

Don't make humidity levels worse. Never use a humidifier to increase humidity, hang wet clothes to dry indoors or shower without turning on the exhaust fan or opening a bathroom window.

Use a digital hygrometer. This can check humidity levels in all rooms and areas of your house or flat. Record the humidity percentage and the measurement dates for each room in a journal.

Clean air-conditioners, air purifiers and dehumidifiers at least every three months. This gets rid of accumulated dust and dirt. Air-conditioners enable mold to grow through the internal condensation of water and blow airborne spores into the living area.

Install high-efficiency particulate air filters. Important areas are inside the heating/cooling air supply duct registers, return air register and the fresh air supply. Use portable HEPA filter air cleaners to remove airborne mold spores.

Clean well. Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner to clean carpeting and rugs and mop tile floors daily. Use borax laundry detergent or boric acid powder in warm water to wash down all walls, floors surfaces, and furniture and appliances at least monthly for the same reason.

Test for mold. Use test kits, which you can buy online to check the outward air flow from window air-conditioners, heating, ventilation, and air- conditioning duct registers and the air of each room at least annually.

Use your nose. If you smell mold, there is mold growing, whether visible or hidden.

Use your eyes. Inspect the roof, attic, exterior siding, ceilings, walls, floors, rugs, wood furniture, and behind and beneath furniture on a regular basis. Mold discolors wood and other materials. It can be many colors including black, white, blue, green, white, yellow and pink.

Look for leaks. Inspect bathroom, kitchen and laundry room plumbing areas (such as inside and beneath sinks and sink cabinets) regularly for water leaks, water damage and mold growth.

Inspect dark nonliving areas. Danger zones include the attic, crawl space under a building, basement, garage and exterior siding regularly for leaks, stains, water damage and mold growth. Such areas often have high humidity and water intrusion problems that drive growth. Mold can then grow into the adjoining floors, ceilings and walls.

Monitor residents' health. Are family members or pets suffering from health problems that may be mold- related? These problems include chronic coughs or sneezing, sinus problems, chronic tiredness, headaches, difficulty in remembering and thinking, skin rashes, open skin sores, abnormal hair loss, chronic dandruff or breathing disorders?

Phillip Fry and Divine Montero are mold consultants, certified environmental hygienists, mold inspectors and remediators. E-mail them at phil@moldinspector.com or go to www.envirohongkong.com. Phone Phillip Toll-Free in USA and Canada 1-866-300-1616.


Certified Environmental Hygienists  ►Building Decontamination Training and Certification
Ozone Kills Mold  ►Ozone Odor ControlMold Expert Consultants  Mold Growth Lab

 

 

[Home] [10 Mold Inspection Steps] [What Is Mold?] [12 Mold Prevention Tips] [Mold & Health] [Mold-Real-Estate-Problems] [Legal Liability] [Mold-Expert] [Top-10-Mold-Mistakes] [Mold Inspection] [Mold Removal] [Mold FAQ] [Mold Product Catalog] [Mold Training] [Mold in Bible] [Mold In The News] [Links]