Category: Allergens  

The Mold Page

Molds are microscopic fungi-related to mushrooms-but without stems, roots or leaves. Their spores float in the air like pollen, and are present throughout the year in many states. Unlike pollens, molds do not have a specific season, but are affected by weather conditions such as wind, rain or temperature. Outdoor mold spores begin to appear after a spring thaw and reach their peak in July in warmer states and October in the colder states. Molds can be found all year long outdoors in the South and on the West coast.

Common airborne molds include alternaria, cladosporium and aspergillus. Molds are present in almost every possible habitat. Outdoors, they can be found in soil, vegetation and rotting wood. Molds can also be found indoors in attics, basements, bathrooms, refrigerators and other food storage areas, garbage containers, carpets and upholstery.

As to the toxic mold controversy, Infectious Disease specialist, Dr. Mark Crislip, dispels many myths in his podcast.

Information about individual mold species may be found here.

What you need to know about mold

Updated January 2002, This article answers your questions about mold, what it is, where it grows, how it spreads, how can I prevent it.

Mold Testing

January 2002, Although this article is titled “Mold Testing” it actually tells you why testing for mold is usually not needed.  However, if you are interested, you may obtain a home test kit for indoor allergens and mold.

Mold Remediation in Occupied Homes

This article provides both general guidelines for mold remediation as well as specific guidelines for the typical locations where mold is most often found in houses.

Mold: Causes, Health Effects and Clean-up

January 2002, This article briefly repeats some of the information in the other mold articles but also includes information on how to prevent mold in residential structures.

Articles courtesy of Building Science Corporation,