Mold (fungi) and Indoor Air Quality
Mold is found all in all parts of our lives. Most molds are not
hazardous to healthy people. However, too much exposure to certain
molds may cause or worsen conditions such as asthma, hay fever, and
allergies. It is important to remember that these symptoms may not
be caused by mold in the home, but possibly by another underlying health
condition. The health department encourages individuals
experiencing respiratory or physical ailments to contact their physician
to determine if mold or other health issues may be the underlying cause
of you or your family members symptoms.
are no EPA, State, or local regulations or standards for airborne mold
contaminants. However, there are standards regarding plumbing, drainage,
and other defects that may be causing mold in the home. To learn more
about mold from the Environmental Protection Agency visit the
Mold and Moisture page.
Mold image courtesy of Dr. David
Treves, PhD. Indiana University Southeast
What to do for a mold problem
The best way to treat mold is to correct the underlying cause of the
mold, so that the mold does not return. Typically, mold grows in moist
environments, and is often caused by water damage, leaking plumbing,
poor ventilation, condensation, high humidity, etc... If you
suspect that you have excess moisture or mold in your home or apartment
visit the EPA's
Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home" for information about
how to identify, remove, and correct conditions that may be causing mold
in your home, apartment, or business.
Indoor Air Quality Testing
You may also download and print
a list of indoor air quality testing companies that test in Southern Indiana.
This list is provided as a public service, however, the Clark County
Health Department does not in anyway endorse or recommend any company or any service
provided by any company. In addition, testing can be cost
prohibitive and focusing resources on removing mold and correcting their
causes could be a better investment.