Old Home Mold Removal Tips and Advice Offered by OldHouseWeb.com

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70 percent relative humidity in a home can foster mold growth and create a potentially unhealthy living environment, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Advice from OldHouseWeb.com com reveals that the key to limiting and preventing mold is to control moisture and suggests that a moldy area greater than 10 square feet should be addressed by a professional. OldHouseWeb.com's column, "Cleaning Up Mold" (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/12108.shtml), offers guidance to homeowners of old homes about when to seek professional services and when mold issues can be taken care of by themselves.

A home with high relative humidity above 70 percent can become a habitat for mold according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and OldHouseWeb.com advises seeking a professional to address moldy areas greater than 10 square feet.

The column, "Cleaning Up Mold" (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/12108.shtml), recommends that homeowners enlist professional services for older homes with mold problems, although smaller mold problems can be addressed by an individual. A how-to site offering ideas, articles and resources to old-house enthusiasts, OldHouseWeb.com provides strategies to detect and control mold along with other tips for prevalent problems in older homes.

The EPA states, "Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet and foods."

OldHouseWeb.com's Controlling Mold section features several columns covering specific mold-related topics such as:

  •     Mold basics
  •     Fixing leaks and other methods of waterproofing
  •     Cleaning air ducts
  •     Hiring contractors
  •     Finding hidden mold

This section of OldHouseWeb.com makes a variety of recommendations to control mold. Ideas include installing exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms, using dehumidifiers, installing storm windows and fixing leaky pipes.

OldHouseWeb.com is a complete old-house remodeling interactive Web site offering old-house enthusiasts how-to resources spanning several industries from cabinetry to architecture. OldHouseWeb.com includes before and after renovation pictures, feature articles, a product showcase and an active forum featuring thousands of questions, solutions and successes.

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