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Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are fungi that grow on, and sometimes within, surfaces. Both can cause discoloration and odor problems, deteriorate building materials, ruin heirlooms, and lead to health problems such as asthma episodes and allergic reactions in susceptible individuals.

Contact Info

  • Ashland County Health Department Environmental Health Division
  • 419-282-4337

Mold spores are the dormant form of mold and they are everywhere in our environment. When humidity rises above 70%, mold develops from the spores. Temperatures above 65 degrees also increase mold growth.

Mold and mildew can grow in damp basements and closets or bathrooms with little ventilation. Any material or surface exposed to moisture are also susceptible to mold and mildew growth.

Take the following action to prevent mold in your home:

  1. Reduce humidity and temperature. Open your windows if outside humidity is lower.
  2. Install and use dehumidifiers, remembering to empty them often.
  3. Increase ventilation, using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom. Your clothes dryer should vent outside your home.
  4. Watch for signs of mold as it can grow and spread quickly.
  5. Dry and brush off objects affected by mold or clean with disinfectant products.
  6. Promptly fix leaks in your home’s roof, walls or plumbing.
  7. Remove or replace carpeting, carpet pads, and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot dry properly. Consider an alternative to carpeting in bathrooms or basements.

Remember, you can’t get rid of mold spores, but you can prevent their growth by eliminating or reducing favorable growing conditions!


Mold Information

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters