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Read "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home"

This Guide provides information and guidance for homeowners and renters on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth. Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

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  • EPA 402-K-02-003, Reprinted September 2010
Una Breve Guia para el Moho, la Humedad y su Hogar
"Una Breve Guía para el Moho, la Humedad y su Hogar"
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If you are a building manager, custodian, or other person responsible for commercial building and school maintenance, Read "Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings"

This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators. It has been designed primarily for building managers, custodians, and others who are responsible for commercial building and school maintenance. It should serve as a reference for potential mold and moisture remediators. Using this document, individuals with little or no experience with mold remediation should be able to make a reasonable judgment as to whether the situation can be handled in-house. It will help those in charge of maintenance to evaluate an in-house remediation plan or a remediation plan submitted by an outside contractor. Contractors and other professionals who respond to mold and moisture situations in commercial buildings and schools may also want to refer to these guidelines.

Mold Course

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If you are an environmental and/or public health professional, consider taking the Mold Course "Introduction to Mold and Mold Remediation for Environmental and Public Health Professionals". This web-only course contains information on mold prevention and remediation. It is designed primarily for environmental and public health professionals. The Mold Course has nine chapters; these chapters are further divided into smaller lessons. At the end of the course there's a voluntary knowledge test available to test your understanding of the material covered. Each chapter may be accessed at any point in the course using the menu on the left side of the page. If you would like to take a short quiz on your current mold knowledge, begin with the Mold Test. A Mold Image Library contains mold-related images in seven categories: mold in the environment; magnified mold; moisture and moisture damage; prevention; mold in buildings; finding mold and moisture; and cleaning and remediation. These photos may be used for presentations and educational purposes without contacting EPA.

How to Order Publications

You can order Indoor Air Quality publications from EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP):

Website: www.epa.gov/nscep
Phone: 1-800-490-9198 Fax: (301) 604-3408
Email: nscep@bps-lmit.com

NSCEP operates a Toll-free phone service for EPA Publication Assistance with live customer service representative assistance Monday through Friday from 11:00am-3:00pm eastern time. Voice Mail is available after operating hours. You can fax or email your publication requests. For technical assistance with NSCEP web pages, write to:nscep_nepis.tech@epa.gov. Please use the EPA Document Number, which is usually bolded or highlighted, when ordering from NSCEP.

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