P.O. Box 1989
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-1989
FAX: (561) 355-3819
Palm Beach County
Board of County
Steven L. Abrams
Priscilla A. Taylor
Hal R. Valeche
Mary Lou Berger
Jess R. Santamaria
"An equal opportunity
Affirmative Action Employer"
Electronic Press Release
Don't Cover Up Mold Problem in Your Home
Molds occur naturally almost everywhere in our tropical environment. Indoors, mold can be found where humidity levels are high, such as bathrooms and the laundry room or areas where water damage has occurred. Molds can grow on virtually any substance, including wood, paper, cement, drywall, carpet, and foods. You should know there is no practical way to eliminate all mold indoors, but mold growth can be minimized by controlling moisture.
- Work to keep the humidity level in your home between 40 percent and 60 percent, and adjust the air conditioner to the setting recommended by the manufacturer to help keep mold under control. A portable dehumidifier unit may help, but be sure to empty it regularly.
- Check to see there is adequate ventilation, such as exhaust fans, especially in bathrooms, kitchens and homes without air conditioning.
- Repair external leaks or cracks where water or moisture may be getting inside.
- If you believe your family is ill because of exposure to mold, consult your health care provider for appropriate medical
- If you feel your property owner or landlord has been unresponsive to your concerns regarding mold exposure, contact the Palm Beach County Health Department for an on-site indoor air-quality visit.
- The local housing authority or code enforcement office may also help by providing the documentation needed to make your case and recommendations for correcting the problems.
- There are no government licensing or oversight programs for mold remediation companies. The Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldresources.html) and the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/mold/cleanup.htm#strat) provide recommendations for mold problems.
For more information, please call Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs at 561-712-6600 (Boca/ Delray 888-852-7362 - toll free) or check consumer complaints for mold remediation companies by visiting http://www.pbcgov.com/publicsafety/consumeraffairs/.
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