Mold

Mold is an issue that concerns all areas in the United States. Southern states, with their warm humid climates are particularly affected by year round mold issues.

Symptoms of Exposure

  • headache, fatigue, shortness of breath
  • sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing
  • eye, nose, throat and skin irritation
  • dizziness and nausea

Individuals and Greatest Risk

  • allergy and asthma sufferers
  • people with respiratory disease
  • people with compromised immune systems
  • contact lens wearers

Moisture Control is Key

  • find the source of excess moisture and control or eliminate it
  • keep indoor humidity levels below 60%, ideally 30% - 50%
  • correct drainage around your home's foundation

Mold Cleanup

  • wear protective equipment when cleaning up - goggles, gloves, protective clothing and N-95 respirator
  • remove mold by scrubbing hard surfaces with detergent and water, dry surfaces completely, and disinfect

Safety Tips

  • handle cleaning products with care
  • work in well-ventilated areas
  • do not eat, drink or smoke while cleaning
  • never mix cleaning products

NC State University Family and Consumer Sciences Mold