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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: October 6, 2011
DHSS-87-2011





PREVENTING OR GETTING RID OF MOLD AT HOME


Moist conditions, such as those brought on by the rains of this summer and autumn, often bring a flush of mold growth. High humidity, improperly vented clothes dryers, plumbing leaks and roof leaks can all contribute to mold problems. Mold typically flourishes in moist, dark areas and is commonly found in bathrooms, basements, attics and even inside of refrigerators and air conditioners. Mold can cause complications for individuals with seasonal allergies and other respiratory conditions, and act as a potential trigger for asthma attacks.

Testing is not needed to address mold since there are no standards to determine if the types of mold or the concentration will cause an adverse health reaction. Quite simply, if you see mold or smell mold, there's mold. Regardless of where it is, what type it is or what color it is, all molds should be treated alike in terms of cleaning and removal. Follow these steps:

For more information, go to www.delawarehealthyhomes.org or contact the Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at (302) 744-4540.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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