Mold is a type of fungus that is present in our natural environment.
Mold spores, which are tiny microscopic 'seeds', can be found virtually everywhere, including in homes, and are a part of the general dust found in homes. These spores can grow on building materials and furnishings if conditions are correct.
The Problem with Excess Moisture
Excess moisture is the critical factor in any indoor mold problem.
Mold growth should not be tolerated in our homes. Eventually, the moisture and mold will damage what it is growing on, which may include both the building materials and personal belongings.
The key to preventing mold growth is to prevent moisture problems.
Mold Clean-up & Removal
To clean up and remove indoor mold growth, follow steps 1 through 6 as they apply to your home.
- Identify and fix the moisture problem
- Begin drying all wet materials
- Remove and dispose of mold contaminated materials
- Clean surfaces
- Disinfect surfaces - optional
- Remain on mold alert
For more information, refer to the MDH Mold and Moisture Brochure (PDF).