EPA Mold Information

Mold is not just common; it’s everywhere. It grows in nearly any and every organic substance as long as there’s a sufficient amount of moisture and oxygen available. 

Some mold can grow on paper, wood, food, carpet, and insulation. If moisture accumulates enough inside your home or on building materials, it’s only a matter of time before mold growth begins. 

While it is impossible to fully remove all mold and mold spores from an indoor environment, you can control it by limiting the amount of moisture indoors.

moldy josts

The Effect of Damp Buildings on Your Health

For a full report on how damp buildings can affect your health, consult the 2004 Institute of Medicine Report, Damp Indoor Spaces and Health, published by The National Academies Press in Washington, DC. 

You can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Center for Environmental Health through a toll-free number for more information and faxes, including a publications list. You can reach them at 1-888-232-6789. 

Consider cleaning your ducts if there is visible mold growth inside of your ducts or other components of your HVAC system. When getting your HVAC system inspected, ask the service provider to show you any mold they find. 

A substance may look like mold but can only be confirmed to be mold by an expert. For approximately $50, you can have a sample tested by a microbiology laboratory to confirm your suspicions. If your ducts are insulated, the insulation may need to be removed and replaced if it has gotten wet and moldy.

Call Today For a Free Estimate on Crawl Space Repairs

If your home is experiencing issues with mold, Regional Foundation & Crawl Space Repair can help. Call today to schedule your free no-obligation appointment. Our expert technicians are happy to answer any questions you may have.