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