Mold is a fungus that can be found in damp places like bathrooms and basements. Mold travels in the air as tiny spores. The spores find their way to a wet area. This is where the spores breed and grow.
Effects of Mold on Human Health
Great exposure to mold can cause a lot of health problems. Mold can effect the human health by causing allergies, infections, and toxicity. Those most at risk are infants and children, the elderly, pregnant women, allergy and asthma patients, and immune compromised patients. Symptoms that you may be exposed to mold are wheezing, nasal and sinus congestion, burning eyes, and a dry cough. Other more severe symptoms may include headaches, memory loss, and flu like symptoms. These may be a sign of exposure to toxic mold.
Mold and Human Health The health effects of various molds.
Department of Health and Senior Services A guide to making your indoor air quality mold free.
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine The adverse human effects of mold.
Mold: Indoor Fungal Infestations and Mycotoxicity How health care providers deal with mold.
Exposure to Environmental Hazards The harmful effects of indoor mold.
American Academy of Pediatrics The spectrum of heath effects of mold.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Frequently asked questions about mold.
Evidence Based Statements The adverse human effects of mold in the indoor environment.
Science Beat The effects of human health when mold runs amok.
Office News and Public Information Dampness is linked to respiratory problems with indoor mold.
Mold as a Lasting Impact of Natural Disasters
Flooding from a natural disaster can cause serious damage to a building or home. There is always a chance of an abundance of mold growth as a result of the disaster. Remove any items that cannot be washed or disinfected such as baby toys, pillows, cosmetics, or stuffed animals. Dry everything that can be saved to prevent the environment for mold growth within 24-28 hours. Increase ventilation to circulate the air. Wear a protective mask if you are planning to clean up the mold.
Natural Disasters and Weather Emergencies Cleaning up mold from a flood.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Dealing with mold after a disaster.
U.S. Department of Labor-Safety and Health Tips to remember when cleaning up from a flood.
Mold Disasters After Fire or Wind Disasters Instructions on how to deal with mold from a fire or wind.
Mold: A Follow-up Suggestions on cleaning mold after an outbreak of a natural disaster.
New York Environmental Law and Justice Project Reports and pictures of mold in lower Manhattan.
Annual Review of Public Health Mold health effects following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Disaster&Emergency Management Resources The management of mold after a natural disaster flood.
U.S. Department of Housing-Homes and Communities HUD information for cleaning up homes hit by hurricanes.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The potential hazards when returning to homes and businesses after hurricanes.
Mold & The Law
If you are purchasing a home, by law you have the right to know about any mold contamination. If you are renting, the landlord has the responsibility to remove the mold and pay for the removal. A tenant can sue the landlord if they fail to make their property mold free. An employer must tell their employees if there are any unsafe environmental conditions, such as mold in the workplace. It is the employer’s legal responsibility to destroy the mold and create a safer environmental workplace.
Colorado Division of Housing Information for landlords about environmental hazard of mold.
Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act A handbook to administer information on the responsibilities of a landlord.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Resolving conflict with a landlord and tenant issue of mold.
Florida Department of Health A guide to indoor mold and health, including the laws of mold.
Mold Remediation Six states have passed laws related to mold and mold remediation.
Mold and the Law Ensuring mold contamination will create liabilities for the roofing industry.
Clean Water Partners The legal aspects of mold contamination from renting to purchasing a home.
National Association of Realtors Information for Realtors about the liabilities of mold.
The Louisiana Real Estate Commission The mold disclosure of Louisiana state.
Texas Department of State Health Services The statutes and laws of mold.
How to Eliminate Mold
Once you have identified that you have a mold problem, you must take the proper steps in getting rid of the mold. The first step is to wash the mold off the infected area. Use diluted bleach to kill the mold. Fix leaky plumbing and clean sink surfaces regularly. Use exhaust fans when you cook or shower. Keep low indoor humidity between 30 to 50 percent..
A Public Private/Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology Eliminate mold from a home.
Recognize, Remove, and Remediate Mold and Mildew How to remove mold promptly after spotting.
International Facility Management Association Eliminate mold successfully with the right approach.
Black Mold How to remove black mold from drywall.
Office of Environmental Health How to tackle mold that is growing in your house.
Colorado Department of Public Health Everything you need for mold cleanup.
University of Missouri Extension Home methods on how to remove and prevent mold and mildew.
Mold and Fungi Clean-Up The general methods in cleaning up mold and fungi.
National Institute of Building Sciences The instructions on how to get rid of mold in schools.
Environmental Management How to successfully remove mold in the home.
The best way to prevent mold is to keep a clean, dry, and well ventilated home. Take the actions now to prevent an outbreak later. You could avoid getting mold in the first place and keep your family healthy.