Mold, Moisture & Your Home

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Phone(410) 546-4446

Fax: (410) 219-2882

After Hours Emergency Number: (410) 543-6996

Office Hours: Monday - Friday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  2. 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.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.


Food Protection And Community Services

The Food Protection and Community Services Division is committed to providing a safe food supply to our community.  The division inspects all restaurants and temporary “festival-like” events.  We are responsible for the licensing and inspection of all public pools/spas and provide sanitary surveys for in home day care, foster care and adoptions. In addition, our staff maintains the county-wide rabies…

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Training For Food Service Professionals

National Environmental Health Association’s Industry-Foodborne Illness Investigation Training & Recall Response  A workshop designed specifically for chefs, quality assurance/quality control, managers, and owners of restaurants, grocery stores and other retail food businesses. It offers advice for a retail food operator to minimize their risk by having a plan, and knowing where to find help in the event…

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