Yes . . . and in every other building you normally occupy, including your home, and outside, all the time. Mold spores are always present in outside air and indoor air, except in sterile environments such as certain laboratories and medical spaces.
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.
Tips For Preventing Mold/Mildew Growth
- 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 airflow.
- 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.