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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 - both indoors and outdoors. There are thousands of species of mold and they can be any color.
Allergy symptoms are the most common health problem 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, or skin rashes.
Molds need several things to grow and reproduce: 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, so the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is controlling excess moisture.

Mold growth on surfaces may have a cottony or speckled appearance in the following colors: green, gray, brown, or black are most common, but white and other colors are possible. Sometimes mold grows in areas that are not easily seen by the homeowner - such as inside walls or crawl spaces. Water stains or the smell of earthy or musty odors can be strong indicators there may be mold.
People who have a chronic lung illness or serious allergies to mold may be more susceptible to the health effects of mold exposure.
Inspect your home regularly for mold indications and indoor moisture and mold. Take steps to eliminate sources of excess water as quickly as possible. If a leak or flooding occurs, it is essential to act quickly to manage the spread of mold.

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: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:49:20 MDT