CERAMIC TILE DISTRIBUTOR’S ASSOCIATION CERAMIC TILE AND MOISTURE RESISTANT SYSTEMS CAN PREVENT MOLD BROCHURE


WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID MOLD?

Mold cannot be avoided entirely. 
Of the three conditions necessary for mold to  develop (mold spores, moisture and a food  source), moisture is the only one we can  control.

To reduce the opportunities for mold to exist  in your home or building, try to control  moisture.  Some (but not necessarily the only)  strategies you can implement include:

  • Follow ANSI & TCNA installation standards to avoid water intrusion that leads to mold.
  • Maintain humidity to a range of 30 to 60 percent.
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Cover crawlspaces.
  • When leaks are identied, control them quickly

IF I HAVE MOLD, HOW DO I CLEAN IT?

  • Determine the extent of the aected area. If the aected area is larger than 10 sq. ft., consult a professional.
  • Use protective gloves and goggles, avoid contact with your skin.
  • Clean the area with a combination of detergent or household cleaner and warm water.
    Rinse the area with clear water and dry completely.
  • Discard the gloves and other cleaning  materials after completion.

The Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) is the international association of distributors,  manufacturers and allied professionals of ceramic tile, stone and related products.

CTDA’s mission is to provide educational and networking opportunities for  distributors of ceramic tile and their suppliers to  further the consumption of ceramic tile.

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This brochure is provided by CTDA as a public service. All information contained herein  was obtained from one or more of the following sources:

USEPA – www.epa.gov
Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition – www.responsiblemoldsolutions.org
National Association of Home Builders – www.moldtips.com

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WHAT IS MOLD?

Mold is a fungus, a group of living organisms.   Mold is part of our environment.  Outdoors, it  helps our ecosystem function by breaking  down organic matter.  Indoors it can cause  health problems such as allergic reactions, skin  irritation and more.

Where does Mold come from?

Mold occurs naturally as part of our environment.  Three conditions must be present for mold to exist and survive:

1. Mold spores
2. Moisture
3. A source for sustainability – a “food” source

If these three conditions are present, mold will form and grow.

WHY SHOULD YOU BE AWARE OF MOLD?

Mold can be an irritant, a nuisance and potentially a health risk for some people.  You should  be aware of mold to prevent it when possible  and understand how to deal with it when  necessary.

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Research continues to determine the health  eects of mold.  However, current thinking is  that for many people, mold is not a signicant  health risk.

Because molds produce allergens (substances  which can cause allergic reactions in some  individuals), molds can cause reactions in some  people.  Some reactions might include:  sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash.  Mold  exposure can also irritate the eyes, skin, nose,  throat and lungs of anyone.

Exposure to mold can trigger asthma attacks in people with asthma.

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT MOLD (COURTESY OF THE RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO MOLD COALITION)

1. Mold grows only on paper, wood and other organic material.

Mold will grow on any surface, including glass,  berglass and even steel.  Mold needs three  things to grow:  1)mold spores (which are almost  always in the air); 2) moisture; and 3) a food  source.  Houses are constructed using a wide  variety of organic materials; therefore, the only  eective strategy to control mold is to control  moisture.

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2. Mold can be eliminated only in sterile environments.

We all benet from some molds such as  the species that led to the development of  penicillin.  Only “clean room” technologies,  like those used in some hospitals – which  are too expensive and unnecessary for the  home or oce – can control or minimize  mold spores.  Therefore, the only thing you  can control in your home or oce is moisture. 

3. Only experts can clean mold.

Homeowners can clean small patches of  mold using household detergents and  warm water.  After cleaning, rinsing and  drying the spot where mold has grown,  rubber gloves and cleaning cloths used in  the process should be discarded.  Larger  patches of mold may need to be remediated by trained professionals. 

4. Once mold starts, it will always be present.

Mold can be stopped in its tracks, but only  if moisture is minimized or eliminated.   Therefore, leaks should be corrected as  soon as they become apparent.  Building  experts urge homeowners to be aware of  some of the telltale signs of mold, which  include dampness, odors, discoloration,  peeling paint, condensation, compacted  insulation and actual mold outbreaks.