Mold Facts for Homeowners, Landlords, Tenants, & Employers
- Airborne mold spores are
everywhere both indoors and outdoors. Resident and employee health is
at serious risk if there are elevated levels of mold spores indoors,
as compared to an outdoor mold control test.
- The most dangerous
indoor molds are Alternaria, Aspergillus,
Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Mucor, Penicillium, and
testing and mold laboratory analysis are required to identify
specific mold species.
- Molds spores can cause serious health problems even
if the spores are dead or dormant (inactive while waiting for more
moisture to resume growth). Even the smell of dead or dormant mold can
make some mold-sensitive persons ill.
- It is impossible to get rid of all mold spores
indoors. Some mold spores will always be present in house dust and
floating in the air.
- The mold spores will not grow into mold colonies
if there is insufficient moisture. Indoor mold growth can and
should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If
organic materials are wet for more than 24 hours, mold growth can
- Mold grows by eating and destroying organic
building materials and other cellulose-based materials such as
carpeting, upholstery, and clothing. The longer that mold grows, the
more mold damage to the building.
- Cellulose is the main substance
in the cell walls of plants (and thus of wood), and it is used in the
manufacture of many organic building materials such as drywall,
plasterboard, plywood substitutes, and ceiling tiles.
- Mold can grow hidden and undetected inside wall and
ceiling cavities; beneath wallpaper, paneling, and carpeting; and
inside heating and cooling equipment and ducts, attics, crawl spaces,
- Mold growth is often the result of a structural or
construction defect, or of maintenance neglect, that allows moisture
to enter the building.
- The owner or employer must first fix the water
problem (roof leak, plumbing leak, high indoor humidity) that enables
the mold to grow. Effective
mold remediation requires killing the mold with an EPA-registered
fungicide, removing it, and treating the cleaned area with an
EPA-registered preventive fungicidal coating.
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