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Following is an excerptfrom the EPA Mold Website:
Why is mold growing in my home?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the non-microscope eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
Can mold cause health problems?
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). Allergic 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. This brochure provides a brief overview; it does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional. You may also wish to consult your state or local health department.
How do I get rid of mold?
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - "Molds in the Environment"
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - "Questions and Answers on Stachybotrys chartarum and other molds"
Environmental Protection Agency - "Information regarding mold"
Planet Mold (http://www.planetmold.com)
New York City Mold Guidelines
OSHA Indoor Air Quality Guidelines
Environmental Protection Agency / Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
USA Weekend Article (7 21-02) - When Mold Takes Hold
CBS News: An Insidious Mold - The Melinda Ballard Story
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS: Toxic Effects of Indoor Molds
Indoor Toxic Molds and their Symptoms By Nachman Brautbar, M.D.
TOXIC MOLD & TORT NEWS
EN3G - Defining Environmental Solutions
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