Managing Mold

Mold, Mildew and Other Substances - Indoors and Out

Florida’s sub-tropical climate and high humidity result in mold, pollen, and other substances being present outdoors virtually year round. What is present outdoors can be brought in through open windows and doors as well as on shoes, clothes, hair, and back packs, to name a few. Anything that has been outdoors can bring these substances in with you.

Indoors, when an ongoing presence of these substances is combined with humidity and improper thermostat settings, moisture and condensation inside your residence hall can create an environment that may foster mold and mildew growth.

Working Together, we can limit the conditions in which mildew flourishes and address it promptly when it does.

Follow the Three Cs: Climate, Cleaning, Communication

Climate

  1. Set the air conditioning thermostat above 70 degrees and the fan in the auto position to reduce the amount of condensation on or around windows and to maintain proper airflow.
  2. Keep ceiling vents in all areas open to maintain proper airflow.
  3. Do not prop open exterior doors or open windows.
  4. If a bath exhaust fan is provided in your living space, be sure to turn the fan on when showering. After your shower, keep the shower door closed and the fan running for an extra 10 to 15 minutes to remove excess moisture from the air.
  5. If necessary, dehumidifiers, fans and/or air purifiers may be recommended for the living space and will need to remain operational to enhance the drying process to preclude future mold growth.

Cleaning

Each resident is responsible for the proper care of one’s room and shared space. Keeping your residence clean can assist in controlling air quality and reduce opportunities for the development of mold and mildew.

  1. Keep a clear pathway between bed, room door, and window(s) to promote safety and good air circulation
  2. Regularly wash dishes and remove trash to avoid pest, odor, and dampness issues
  3. Keep refrigerator clean inside and out and be sure it is closed tightly
  4. Clean and dry laundry on a regular basis- do not drape wet items over furniture or leave on the floor
  5. Routinely clean bathroom areas, to include the shower curtain liner, with bathroom cleaner or hot, soapy water to prevent the growth of soap scum which is an excellent food source for mold. Always follow the directions and read all precautions before using any cleaning product.
  6. Wipe down areas of condensation
  7. Avoid tossing your book bag or the clothes worn outside on your bed to prevent spreading allergens to your sleeping area
  8. Consider showering and washing your hair before going to bed to also avoid introducing allergens to your bed linens

Communication

  • In the event of an emergency with a major leak outside of regular business hours, please contact Campus Safety at 863.680.4305 and then complete a work order.
  • Report any water problems (leaks behind a toilet or under sinks, dripping faucets, wet carpet, leak from a ceiling, moisture under tiles, drips heard behind the air intake cover, etc.) immediately by submitting a maintenance request through School Dude.
  • Please also notify the Office of Community Living of your concerns and that you have submitted a maintenance request. The Facilities staff and/or Community Living will come and inspect the areas of concern.
  • Upon resolving the cause for the excessive moisture, measures will be taken to thoroughly clean and dry the area affected.
  • If you see any apparent mold or mildew elsewhere in the building, please notify a Community Living professional immediately.

Continued Communication as Necessary

If mold, mildew, or the presence of other substances persist, please reach out to the Senior Director of Community Living or your building-associated Community Director for further guidance.