Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Eliminate mold by controling moisture
Excess moisture or water accumulation indoors often causesmold growth, especially if the problem is hidden or isn'taddressed. This contributes to health problems for people withexisting respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies andmultiple chemical sensitivity.
Mold spores continually waft through indoor and outdoor air.When spores land on a damp spot indoors, they begin to grow anddigest whatever they're growing on to survive. Molds can grow onwood, paper, carpet, foods and even dynamite.
Although there's no practical way to eliminate all mold andmold spores, you can constrain mold growth inside your home bycleaning up existing mold problems and eliminating sources ofexcessive moisture.
It's impossible to completely remove mold from poroussurfaces such as paper, drywall and carpet padding, so these typematerials should be removed and discarded.
To remove mold from non-porous materials, brush surfaceswith a detergent solution and rinse well. Be sure your work areais well-ventilated. Then apply a solution of water and chlorinebleach, according to label directions, to the cleaned surface;leave it on for 15 minutes; rinse well, and dry quickly.
Just splashing full-strength bleach will not remove mold.The surface must be cleaned as described above.
There are many ways to eliminate sources of moisture,including the following:
Maintain indoor humidity at 30 to 60 percent. To reduce it,vent bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources tothe outside and use exhaust fans or open windows in kitchenswhen cooking or using the dishwasher and in bathrooms when showeringor bathing. Use air conditioners and de-humidifers. To improveventilation, use fans.
Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of excess water.
Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials andfurnishings within 24 to 48 hours.
Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces suchas windows, piping, exterior walls, floors or the roof by addinginsulation. Don't install carpeting in areas where there is aperpetual moisture problem, such as concrete floors.
Keep drip pans in the air conditioner, refrigerator and de-humidifer clean and dry.
For more information, contact the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Serviceserve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion,disability or national origin.
County Extension Agent for Family& Consumer Sciences
Adair County Cooperative Extension Service
409 Fairground Street, P.O. Box 309, Columbia, KY 42728
Phone: (270) 384-2317, Fax: (270) 384-9167, Email: email@example.com
This story was posted on 2004-07-04 18:26:16
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Healthy Lifestlyes by Kelli Bonifer:
Overweight children at more risk for major diseases
Flu symptoms could be caused by food germs
Cool off with a salad -- but keep it germ free
Recipe corner: Red Potato Salad
June is Mens Health Month
Body and mind benefit from regular exercise
Healthy Lifestyles by Kelli Bonifer
How to win the weight game
Healthy Lifestyles by Kelli Bonifer
View even more articles in topic Healthy Lifestlyes by Kelli Bonifer
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.