in homes has been in the news a bunch lately. Molds are usually
not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or
damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause
health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can
cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially
toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or
mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as
sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis).
reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed.
Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who
are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate
the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic
and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and
irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling
mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.
Panic mold is natural and everywhere (blue cheese, beer,
in the air).
indoor humidty to 30%-50%. Purchase an inexpensive hygrometer.
home leaks within 24-48 hours and remove or dry out wet building
condensation by wrapping basement cold water pipes with insulation
to prevent dripping on hot days.
clean and disinfect surfaces where mold grows. Rarely is
mold toxic enough to require extreme measures of hiring an expensive
sub-contractor. If in doubt, have suspected mold tested by
an independent testing firm prior to hiring a remediation