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Molds and Moisture

 

What is mold?

Molds are fungi that can be found outdoors, indoors, and in the air. Mold spores are tiny and act like seeds, creating new growth after they are dispersed.

Mold requires a location, moisture, and nutrients to grow. To inspect your home for mold, look in cold or moist places and along walls adjacent to the outdoors. Also smell for any mold odors. Removing moisture from an area is the best option for preventing mold.

Mold exposure symptoms include coughing, skin and eye irritation, and upper respiratory infections. Children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, are usually more susceptible to this exposure.

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