We are excited to welcome you as a resident in one of our many residence halls.
We take great care to ensure all of the rooms are clean and free of mold and mildew before a room is occupied. Our residents can assist us in maintaining and preventing mold and mildew as they move into their new home away from home.
While North Carolina has beautiful weather during all four seasons, summer and early fall often have high humidity. Humidity can cause mold and mildew to develop when the proper preventive measures are not taken.
9 Steps to Prevent Mold and Mildew
To help prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your room, it is essential you follow these steps:
- Report water problems immediately, such as dripping faucets, leaks near toilets or sinks, leaks from a ceiling, water dripping behind the air intake cover and wet carpet by submitting a work request.
- Never allow water to settle on carpets, towels, sheets or other surfaces.
- Always turn on the exhaust fans when showering.
- Clean your room / personal space daily. Clean your shower liner weekly.
- Never leave wet towels, shoes or clothes lying around. Wipe off shoes and hang towels to maximize drying.
- During the summer and early fall, set your room thermostat at 72 degrees or higher. During the winter months, set the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower.
- Keep the windows closed, and do not prop open exterior doors.
- We recommend students bring a dehumidifier to use during the humid months. Reducing moisture levels in the air is the key to controlling mold.
- If you take all of these steps and still see mold or mildew in your room or in your building, please submit a work request.
Tips for Allergy Sufferers
For certain people, exposure to mold can cause an allergic reaction, asthma, skin rashes or other respiratory difficulties. If you experience sensitivity, as with all health concerns, please seek the assistance of Student Health Services and/or your healthcare provider.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers online resources to help you. Check out their pages on the 10 things you should know about mold, how mold affects your health and their guide to mold for a better understanding on how to prevent mold and mildew (PDF).
If you still have questions, please contact Residence Life staff for more help.