The humidity was unusually high this summer in Colorado because of high precipitation. This means we are more susceptible to have mold growth. Mold spores can be found indoors and out. They can cause allergies and symptoms year-round, as well as significant health issues if not properly taken care of.

Mold allergies have similar symptoms to other allergy symptoms, such as itchy and watery eyes, stuffy/runny nose and sneezing. If you want to prevent mold growth in your home, the key is to control the moisture level.  Mold grows in damp or moist places, such as tiles, crawlspaces, basements, window sills, sinks and more.

The four most common indoor molds are:

  • Cladosporium-green, brown or black mold typically found on tiles, ceilings, walls, wood and windowsills-common in bathrooms
  • Penicillium-green mold found in AC systems, areas that leak, flood areas, shoes, furniture and damp basements
  • Alternaria-dark-colored mold that can cause asthma attacks and respiratory issues
  • Aspergillus-can be found on basement ceilings, air conditioning coils, areas that leak, basement stairs, roofs that leak and areas that flooded

These simple steps will help prevent mold growth indoors:

  • Open a window or use the bathroom fan while showering
  • Clean tubs, sinks, tile, and shower curtains often
  • Use the stove fan or open a window while cooking and using the dishwasher
  • If any plumbing leaks, soak up and dry the water immediately, and repair the broken part
  • Use a dehumidifier indoors
  • Remove carpet if your home is humid and cannot be controlled
  • Turn up the temperature in basements if they are humid
  • Clean rain gutters
  • Remove any condensation from windows, walls and pipes right away
  • Keep stoves and dryers ventilated to the  outside of your home
  • Molds can be brought in from outdoors-take shoes off at the front door, and take a shower and change clothes after being outdoors
  • Keep doors and windows closed when mold counts are high
  • Use a HEPA cleaner in your bedroom and living/family room and a HEPA vacuum

Knowing where to find indoor mold and how to prevent it are important. People should also know how to clean molds to prevent illness and expensive repairs.

  • If the area covers more than 10 square feet, call an experienced, professional contractor to come out and inspect the mold
  • Wear a mask, goggles and gloves when removing mold
  • Use soap and warm water on hard surfaces
  • Use bleach to remove mold, however, check instructions first before using chemicals
  • After the molded area has dried, make sure the mold is completely removed
  • Always remove mold first before painting or caulking
  • If you cannot remove mold from an area, it may need to be replaced