Mold is found virtually everywhere -- both indoors and outdoors. Everyone is exposed to some amount of mold on a daily basis without harm. However, exposure to high concentrations of indoor mold can cause health problems. When airborne mold spores are present in large numbers, they can cause allergic reactions, asthma episodes, infections, and other respiratory problems for people. People who are extremely sensitive or allergic to molds are likely to react much more severely than a person with no known allergies.
There are currently no federal or state standards and regulations for mold and LCHD does not usually recommend testing for mold because there aren't any thresholds to measure airborne concentrations of mold. Typically, if mold is present in a home, there is a source of moisture (i.e., historical or current leak, inadequate ventilation, too much moisture in the air, etc.). Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by addressing the moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in the home, cleaning up the mold and fixing the water problem is the best solution. If mold is cleaned, but the water problem still exists, then mold will most likely grow back.
LCHD does not perform mold investigations or provide testing services for individual residents or businesses. However, LCHD is available to assist with concerns and/or questions regarding mold, effects of mold, mold growth, and prevention.