Mold Prevention / Remediation Tips

Mold Prevention / Remediation Tips

Mold - Moldy carpet tackstripMold Prevention Tips

  • Mold must have a food source and moisture to grow.  Eliminating excess moisture will prevent mold.
    • Look for small leaks or signs of excess moisture such as, small puddles, condensation, odor or discoloration.  Review our water damage prevention tips page for more information.
    • If water damage occurs call Referral to professionally restore it.  Simply extracting the water isn’t enough.  Affected building materials must be identified, then dried out quickly and thoroughly to prevent mold.

Mold - Mold growing on the back of an uphostered sofaMold Remediation Tips:

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the heating/cooling system and fans.
  • Contact Referral Cleaning & Restoration at 260-483-4383 for mold remediation services.

What NOT to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb mold
  • Don’t blow air over surfaces with mold growth
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on mold

Mold - Mold growing on drywallMore Helpful Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Education, prevention and tips for dealing with floods and disasters.

Facts About Mold and Dampness from Center for Disease Control and Prevention

OSHA – A brief guide to mold in the workplace  This safety and health information bulletin provides recommendations for the prevention of mold growth and describes measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and workers involved in cleanup and prevention.

Mold and Moisture by the EPA Mold is a common problem in buildings that affects human health and can also damage or destroy building materials. Because it requires water to grow, controlling it requires a thorough understanding of how water enters and travels (or doesn’t) through buildings.

Mold - Mold on back side of drywallMold also requires a food source, controlling it also requires an understanding of which building materials are susceptible to it and how best to use and protect them.  Click here to learn more from Building Science Corporation

Mold & Indoor Air Quality – White Paper by the Carpet & Rug Institute

Learn how proper construction practices can help prevent water damage and mold by USG Building Materials

Contact Indoor Air Solutions at 260-478-2111 or visit for mold or air testing in Fort Wayne or Northeast Indiana.

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