Mold & Mildew Prevention

As part of the University’s Mold Management Plan, the Office of Residence Life and Housing provides the following information about the potential for mold/mildew.

Things To Know About Mold

  • Molds produce allergens, but like any other allergen, exposed individuals will respond differently.
  • If you are having symptoms you believe may be the result of mold allergens, make an appointment with the Student Health Service for an examination. The Student Health Service can be reached at 336-758-5218.
  • The EPA reports that “there is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture”.
  • Wake Forest University does have a Mold Management Plan in place to identify and treat areas of potential mold growth.

Learn More About Mold From The EPA

Molds are part of the natural environment and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. This website provides guidance about mold and moisture for homes, schools, multifamily and commercial buildings.

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Tips For Preventing Mold/Mildew Growth

Below are just a few tips to prevent mold/mildew growth in your room:
  • Do not open windows while heating or cooling units are operating. This will cause condensation and may contribute to mold growth.
  • Do not place furniture or other items in front of heating and cooling units that can obstruct air flow.
  • Do not place potted plants or any other source of moisture on or around heating and cooling units.
  • Set thermostats no lower than 70 degrees when cooling and no higher than 74 degrees when heating your room, fans should be set on low speed.
  • Do not leave wet or damp clothes, towels or shoes in closets. Set them out on a drying rack until completely dry.
  • Please empty your room and bathroom trash on a regular basis, do not let it accumulate in your room.
  • Do not use foam mattress pads on your bed, they do not allow air circulation between the pad and our waterproof mattresses.

If you see or suspect mold… Immediately call Facilities and Campus Services at 336-758-4255 to have the area inspected.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at housing@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5185.

Mold/Mildew FAQ

  • How does Wake Forest respond to a mold report?

    Wake Forest has several methods of responding to reports of mold growth, in accordance with the University’s Mold Management Plan:

    • Trained staff identify and treat areas of where mold growth is found.
    • Developed in conjunction with third-party industrial hygienists, all practices within the plan are in line with guidelines provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    • Trained staff members in Department of Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities and Campus Services are the mold assessors.
    • Affected areas are cleaned and treated with products that have mold inhibitors.
    • University approved third-party abatement contractors who specialize in mold abatement are used for areas that have mold growth greater than 10 sq ft.
  • Has Wake Forest taken a look at how other schools address mold?

    Yes. Wake Forest has been in contact with several universities and learned that our procedures are similar to theirs or, at times, exceed theirs.

  • What happens when a student reports mold?

    Staff members trained to identify and assess mold quickly and promptly check the area in question. If mold is found, the mold management plan is activated by Facilities and Campus Services immediately to promptly remove the mold, determine its potential source (generally moisture in the immediate area) and apply an inhibitor.

  • Is mold an allergen?

    Mold produces allergens, but like any other allergen, exposed individuals will respond differently. Some may have no reaction, others may experience hay fevertype symptoms, while others may experience more significant symptoms. It is important to keep in mind that many students new to North Carolina will experience seasonal allergy symptoms, even without a prior history of this condition. Symptoms typically will arise during the first or second year at Wake Forest. Having never experienced problems with seasonal allergies, many students may attribute these symptoms to a sinus infection or become concerned that there is mold in their residence hall

  • Are there government regulations governing how the University must treat mold?

    Mold is not regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the EPA. Mold is a natural byproduct of various conditions, often occurring in warm and moist environments where there is abundant vegetation such as trees, landscaping, plants, and ground coverings. According to the EPA, mold cannot be totally eliminated in the environment unless extreme measures are taken constantly, as would be the case in a “clean room” laboratory.

  • What might contribute to indoor mold growth, such as that found in some locations on campus?

    Indoor sources for mold may be leaking pipes, standing water, damp clothing or towels and condensation in the area. The University is equally concerned about finding the source of the mold as it is in cleaning the mold. If mold can be prevented by taking certain steps, the University does so.