are simple, microscopic organisms, presented virtually
everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Molds are fungi
and are needed to break down dead material and
recycle nutrients in the environment. For molds
to grow and reproduce, they need only a food source
- any organic material, such as leaves, wood,
paper, or dirt and moisture. Because molds grow
by digesting the organic materials, they gradually
destroy whatever they grow on. Sometimes, new
mold grows on old mold colonies. Mold growth on
surfaces can often be seen in the form of discoloration,
frequently green, gray, brown or black mold but
also white and other colors. Mold release countless
tiny, lightweight spores, which travel through
am I exposed to indoor molds?
Everyone is exposed to some mold on a
daily basis with out evident harm. It is common
to find mold spores in the air inside homes, and
most of the airborne spores found indoors come
from out doors sources. Mold spores primarily
cause health problems when they are present. Large
numbers of people inhale many of them. Air testing
can help. This occurs primarily when there is
active mold growth within home, office or school
where people live and work. People can also be
exposed to mold by touching contaminated materials
and by eating contaminated foods.
Mold become a problem in my home?
will grow and multiply whenever conditions are
right –sufficient moisture is available
and organic materials are present. Be on the lookout
in you home for common sources of indoor moisture
that may lead to mold problems:
• Leaky roofs
• Sprinkler sprays hitting the house
• Plumbing leaks
• Overflow from sinks or sewers
• Damp basement or crawl spaces
• Steam from shower or cooking
• Wet clothes drying indoors or clothes
dryers exhausting indoors.
Warping floors and discoloration
of walls and ceilings can be indications of moisture
problems. Condensation on windows or walls is
also an important indication, but it can also
be caused by indoor combustion problem. Have fuel-burning
appliances routinely inspected by your local utility
or professional heating contractor.
I be Concerned about mold in my home?
Yes, if indoor
mold contamination is extensive, it can cause
very high and persistent airborne spore exposures.
Persons exposed to high spores levels can become
sensitized and develop allergies to the mold or
other health problems. Mold growth can damage
your furnishings, such as carpets, sofas and cabinets.
Clothes and shoes in damp closets can become soiled.
In time, unchecked mold growth can cause serious
damage to the structural elements in your home.
are commonly seen with mold exposure?
produce health effects through inflammation, allergy,
or infection. Allergic reactions (often referred
to as hay fever) are most common following mold
exposure. Typical symptoms that mold-exposed persons
report (alone or in combination) include:
Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, difficulty
breathing, and shortness of breath
• Nasal and sinus congestion
• Eye irritation (burning, watery, or reddened
• Dry, hacking cough
• Nose or throat irritation
memory problems, mood swings, nose bleeds, body
aches and pains and fevers are occasionally reported
in mold cases, but their cause is not understood.
are all kinds of molds that can cause these from
Black molds, brown molds, green molds and even
much mold can make me sick?
For some people, a relatively small number of mold
spores can trigger an asthma attack or lead to other
health problems. For other persons, symptoms may
occur only when exposure levels are much higher.
Nonetheless, indoor mold growth is unsanitary and
undesirable. Basically, if you can see or smell
mold inside your home, take steps to identify and
eliminate the excess moisture and to cleanup and
remove the mold.
Who is at greater
risk when exposed to mold?
Exposure to mold is not healthy
for anyone inside buildings. Therefore, it is always
best to identify and correct moisture conditions
quickly before mold grows and health problems develop.
Some people may have more severe symptoms or become
ill more rapidly than others:
• Individuals with existing respiratory
conditions, such as allergies, chemical sensitivities,
• Persons with weakened immune systems (Such
as people with HIV infection, cancer
chemotherapy patients, and so forth)
• Infants and young children
• The elderly
testing is available through superior mold remediation. There
are all types of mold, Black mold, green mold, brown mold and
even white molds.