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Mold in Florida  Housing

New - from the State of Florida - Florida Mold Guide in printer-friendly PDF version.  Major notes:

Mold should be cleaned as soon as it appears. Persons who clean the mold should be free of symptoms and allergies. Small areas of mold should be cleaned using a detergent/soapy water or a commercial mildew or mold cleaner. Gloves and goggles should be worn during cleaning. The cleaned area should then be thoroughly dried. Throw away any sponges or rags used to clean mold.

If the mold returns quickly or spreads, it may mean you have an underlying problem, such as a water leak. Any water leaks must first be fixed when solving mold problems. If there is a lot of mold growth, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's booklet: Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. It is available free by calling the EPA Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse at (800) 438-4318, or on the Internet at www.epa.gov/iaq/molds/mold_remediation.html. If the moldy material is not easily cleanable, such as drywall, carpet padding and insulation, then removal and replacement may be necessary.

Without water mold growth cannot start, much less multiply and spread. The easiest way to prevent the mold from gaining a foothold is to control dampness. Keep your home clean and dry.

When water stands for even 24 hours, common molds can take hold. Keeping humidity levels below 60% and venting moisture from showering and cooking to the outside are several ways to prevent the conditions that can lead to mold growth. Other ways include:

  • Clean and dry up spills within 24 hours

  • Dry out wet building materials and carpets within 24 hours

  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier to reduce the indoor humidity levels below 60%. If you have a central air conditioning system and need a dehumidifier to reduce relative humidity below 60%, you should have the air conditioning system examined for problems

  • Do not carpet bathrooms or basements

Use the search box to find more mold information or a service in your area. Example: Florida Mold Removal or Florida Mold Inspections

For more information on Florida Mold, contact the Florida Department of Health:

Florida Department of Health
Division of Environmental Health
Bureau of Community Environmental Health
Radon and Indoor Toxics
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A08
Tallahassee, FL 32311

1-850-245-4288
1-800-543-8279

Other Florida Mold contact points include:

For additional information about the health effects of mold exposure and information on the safe removal of mold, call your County Health Departments Environmental Health Office, the Florida Department of Health, Radon and Indoor Toxics Program at 1-800-543-8279, or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse at 1-800-438-4318. 

If you have a mold complaint about an apartment, hotel or workplace, see the EPA information on apartments and hotels or on IAQ in workplaces.

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