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About Moisture and Mold

There are more than 100,000 species of mold. At least 1,000 species of mold are common in the U.S. Molds can be found almost anywhere and they can have harmful health implications and destroy the structure of a home. Mold can grow on virtually any substance when moisture is present, including wood, paper, carpet, and foods. Moisture can come from many sources, such as showers or even cooking can add moisture to the air in your home. Outdoors, many molds live in the soil and play a key role in the breakdown of leaves, wood, and other plant debris. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unmitigated. There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment.

Tips to eliminating molding in your home:

For more information on mold and moisture, visit the following web sites:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Mold in Residential Buildings

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

EPA Indoor Air Quality

EPA info on Biological Contaminants

EPA Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings

EPA Mold Resources

University of California Indoor Air Quality Tools

University of Minnesota Environmental Health and Safety Program - Indoor Air Quality

University of Tulsa Indoor Air Program

New York City Department of Health Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments

Healthy House Institute

Health House

American Lung Association

Energy and Environmental Building Association

National Safety Council Indoor Air Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Demonstration House

Health Canada, Health Protection Branch, Laboratory Centre for Disease Control, Office of Biosafety

Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Content updated on 2/13/2003

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