Molds are very small fungi that feed on dead animal or plant material. Examples of food in the home include wood, the paper backing in drywall, insulation, wallpaper, glues, dust and dirt. Molds produce spores which allow them to spread to different locations in the home. Many people are allergic to mold and can develop severe respiratory illnesses.
Signs of a mold problem:
- Musty damp odors
- Moist or damp areas
- Warped baseboards or trim
- Water marks or discolored areas on walls or ceilings
If you discover mold in your home, locate and remedy the source of the water and remove the water-damaged materials. Mold will continue to grow as long as it has a source of water.
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Our office frequently receives inquires regarding mold contamination in homes and businesses. Many people are concerned about the potential negative health effects of toxic “black mold.” Thousands of types of mold exist in our environment, and the majority of these molds are black or dark in color. Just because mold is present, does not mean that toxins are present. The toxic “black mold” that you often hear about in the media is Stachybotrys sp. This toxic mold is actually quite rare, and will usually only develop during periods of prolonged flooding and water damage. However, there is no way to be sure what type of mold exists in your home or business unless you have it tested by a laboratory or mold consultant. Our office usually only recommends having the mold in your home or business tested if a resident/employee of the home or business has been having significant health problems that a medical professional is concerned may be caused by mold.
Mold is everywhere, and it is a natural part of our world. There are no standards or laws in regard to mold levels. Therefore, our Department cannot determine how much mold is too much. It often depends on the types of mold present, and the individual’s sensitivity and immune system. Since there are no standards for mold levels in homes and businesses, our Department does not conduct mold inspections. We do provide an informational Mold Packet available on this webpage.