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Conquering Mold


Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building, and unvented combustion appliances. Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings. Moisture problems in temporary structures have frequently been associated with mold problems.......

【作者名称】: Travis W. West
【作者单位】: Building Air Quality, The Woodlands, Texas, USA
【关 键 词】: Conquering Mold
【会议名称】: World Workplace with Facilities America 2003 Conference & Expo v.2
【期刊论文数据库】: [DBS_Articles_01]
【期刊论文编号】: 100,828,249
【摘要长度】: 1,676
【会议地点】: Dallas, TX(US)
【会议组织】: Building Air Quality, The Woodlands, Texas, USA
【会议时间】: 2003
【上篇论文】: 外文会议 - A SYSTEMS SCIENCE OF NETWORKED ORGANIZATIONS
【下篇论文】: 外文会议 - Bridging Systems Engineering Views with aStructuring Matrix

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