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Molds can be found almost anywhere.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that molds can grow
on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present.
There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation.
When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold
growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains
undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold
spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled
indoors by controlling moisture indoors.
Moisture control is the key to mold control. Molds need both food and water to survive. Molds will often grow in damp or wet areas
indoors. Common sites for indoor mold growth include bathroom tile, basement
walls, areas around windows where moisture condenses, and near leaky water
fountains or sinks.
Common sources or causes of water or moisture problems include roof leaks,
condensation associated with high humidity or cold spots in the building,
localized flooding due to plumbing failures or heavy rains, slow leaks in
plumbing fixtures, and malfunction or poor design of humidification systems.
Uncontrolled humidity can also be a source of moisture leading to mold growth.
The EPA provides detailed Mold information at www.epa.gov/mold/
If your home was built before 1978,
there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. The Federal government banned
the sale of lead-based paint from housing in 1978 but some states banned it
Paint chips and
dust from deteriorating paint can contain dangerous levels of lead. Just a few
granules of lead dust are enough to harm a child. Dust containing lead can be
created when painted surfaces rub together such as when windows, doors or
drawers are opened and closed or by walking on painted stair treads. Check for
dust buildup around hinges, window frames and painted drawers. Also be careful
of generating dust when hammering, sanding or sawing.
Lead dust can also be tracked into the
home from outside soil that is contaminated by deteriorated exterior lead-based
paint and other lead sources. Check the exterior of your home, including
porches and fences, for flaking or deteriorating paint that may be lead-based.
Put doormats outside and inside all entryways, and remove your shoes before
Renovation, repair or painting
activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed or
The EPA provides detailed Lead
information at www.epa.gov/lead/
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