Health Tip: Take Care of Mold Problems

(HealthDay News) -- Promptly and thoroughly cleaning up mold can help prevent health problems associated with breathing contaminated air.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists these suggestions for properly cleaning up mold:

  • Promptly take care of any plumbing leaks or problems with the walls; make sure anything that gets wet is thoroughly dried.

  • Use detergent and water to scrub mold off of any surfaces; make sure to dry them thoroughly.

  • Consider throwing away porous materials such as carpet or ceiling tiles that have gotten wet, because it can be difficult to completely remove mold.

  • Limit your exposure to the mold when cleaning it up.

  • Do not paint or caulk over moldy areas.

  • Consider consulting a specialist to clean up mold in challenging areas or on valuable items.

Related Articles

Learn More About Sharp
Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's health care leader with seven hospitals, two medical groups and a health plan. Learn more about our San Diego hospitals, choose a Sharp-affiliated San Diego doctor or browse our comprehensive medical services.

Health News is provided as a service to Sharp Web site users by HealthDay. Sharp HealthCare nor its employees, agents, or contractors, review, control, or take responsibility for the content of these articles. Please read the Terms of Use for more information.