How do I clean up mold?
To clean up the mold, first you need to stop the water infiltration into the area. This is imperative; mold will continue to grow as long as the area remains wet. Physically remove any large quantities of visible mold and dry the area with fans, being careful to not distribute the mold spores to the occupied area of the home. You may need to contain the contaminated area with plastic sheeting. Once it is dry, a detergent should be used to clean up the mold. You should not use anything to apply the detergent that will disturb the spores, such as a garden hose. If you’ve got a large area to clean up (greater than 10 ft2), you should consider hiring a mold remediation company to do it. Companies can be found by searching the online Yellow Pages under terms such as “mold remediation” and “mold removal”.

Other Mold Resources:
- A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home
- Homeowner's Guide to Moisture Management
- Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings (Although it was written for schools and commercial buildings, the concepts apply to the home setting as well)

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1. Is mold harmful to my family?
2. How do I clean up mold?
3. Is air sampling for mold recommended?
4. I have mold in my apartment and my landlord won’t do anything about it. What are my options?
5. Can you check the air quality in our home? Our family is experiencing symptoms.
6. I want to measure the radon levels in my home. How do I do this?
7. How does Tri-County Health Department test for radon and is there a fee?
8. Can I purchase a radon test kit and do the test myself?
9. I tested my home for radon and the level came back high. What do I do?
10. What is Asbestos?
11. What are the health effects from exposure to asbestos?
12. I want to know if material in my home contains asbestos. How can I test for this?