Mold and mildew are common names for a large group of naturally occurring fungi. Mold becomes a problem when leaks or other sources of moisture cause a persistently wet environment that allows it to thrive. There are no current regulations or limits on mold, and Oklahoma does not have an agency with jurisdiction over mold. We have included some tips and FAQs below that might be able to help.
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
- Use air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
- Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms.
- Use mold inhibitors which can be added to paints.
- Clean bathroom with mold-killing products.
- Do not carpet bathrooms.
- Remove and replace flooded carpets.
Where can I find more information on mold?
Websites with additional information on mold, possible health effects, and clean up recommendations include:
DEQ Contact: Crystal K Stearns 405-702-4100