About Mold

For a comprehensive list of types of mold and their definitions, please see our Mold Glossary Page

Mold in AtticMold spores are a naturally occurring fungus which float through the air looking for a place to land. When they find a damp spot, they grow by digesting available surface material which can include wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Excessive moisture or water accumulation is a breeding ground for mold, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. Molds can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present.

Mold in the BasementMold is not always visible! Spores can hide behind walls on the studs or underneath floors. Surface cleaning may not always be effective in eliminating mold...you have to find where the live and treat the underlying problem to effectively stop mold growth.

About Mold Inspections

Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. Because mold can present a potential health risk, caution must be exercised when cleaning up visible sources, or whenever conditions exist that may promote growth. Areas affected should be isolated to prevent the spread of spores during clean-up, as they typically become airborne quite easily.

For additional information about mold in your home, you can refer to the publication A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home, published by the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download a free copy by clicking here.