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Mold

If you have additional questions about mold in your home, please contact Mark Jones at markejones@utah.gov or call (801)-538-6191.
Molds, including mushrooms and yeasts, are fungi. Molds can exist virtually everywhere in our environment - indoors and outdoors. There are thousands of species of mold and they can be any color.
Allergy symptoms are the most common health problems caused by indoor mold. People exposed to mold commonly report problems such as: breathing difficulties, nasal and sinus congestion, eye irritation (burning, watery, or reddened eyes), cough, nose or throat irritation, skin rashes or irritation.
Molds need several things to grow and reproduce: they need a food source, the right environment, and moisture. The food source can be any organic material such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt. Moisture sources can come from flooding, leaking pipes, leaking roofs and foundations, and condensation. Molds will grow whenever conditions are right-but the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is controlling excess moisture.

Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen as discolored patches, frequently green, gray, brown, or black but also white and other colors, or cottony or speckled growth on walls or furniture. Sometimes mold grows in areas that are not easily seen by the homeowner - such as hidden inside wall spaces. Signs of water stains or the smell of earthy or musty odors may indicate there may be mold
People who have chronic lung illness or serious allergies to mold may be more susceptible to the health effects of mold exposure.
Inspect your home regularly for the indications and sources of indoor moisture and mold. Take steps to eliminate sources of water as quickly as possible. If a leak or flooding occurs, it is essential to act quickly.

Use these resources below to help reduce your exposure to mold:
(Documents courtesy of the Utah Asthma Program)

Resources to Reduce Mold in the Home (PDF)


Recursos para reducir el moho en la casa (PDF)

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Content updated: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:33:24 MST