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Basic Mold Information
Mold Detectives, Inc's Mold Primer
  • In its May 2006 issue, National Geographic dedicated a 20 page
    story to allergies and their causes. They found that "because of
    the high cost of energy, more homes are built with an eye toward
    energy conservation, with better insulation - insulation that seals in
    mold and dust, enemies of allergy sufferers."  

  • Indoor mold spores indicate mold growth, which indicates
    mycotoxin production. Currently, we can measure and identify
    spores, but it is difficult to measure mycotoxins. Stachybotrys
    produces at least 170 known mycotoxins.

  • About 38 percent of homes have mold and fungus growth due to
    elevated moisture. (The American Society of Home Inspectors)

  • Exposure to mold occurs when people inhale mold spores.

  • According to a recent U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO)
    report, 20 percent of schools have indoor air quality problems.

  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the humidity levels in homes be kept below 50% to avoid the
    potential growth of mold.

  • A 1999 Mayo Clinic Study attributed nearly all the chronic sinus infections afflicting 37 million Americans to molds.

  • A new medical study attributes nearly 100% of chronic sinus infections to mold. A 300% increase in the asthma rate over the
    past 20 years has been linked to molds, as reported in USA WEEKEND, Dec. 3-5, 1999.

  • A 1994 Harvard University School of Public Health study of 10,000 homes in the United States and Canada found half had
    “conditions of water damage and mold associated with a 50 to 100% increase in respiratory symptoms.”

  • Stachybotrys chartarum is a fungus that has become notorious as a mycotoxin producer that can cause animal and human
    mycotoxicosis. Indeed, over the past 15 years in North America, evidence has accumulated implicating this fungus as a
    serious problem in homes and buildings and one of the causes of the “sick building syndrome.”

  • Be aware of any noxious odors. When a mold colony is growing, it can give off distinctive odors that are the by-product of its
    metabolism.

For More Mold Information

  • Here are some other resources for information about mold. As with any outside link, Mold Detectives, Inc. makes no
    representation or endorsement as to the accuracy of the information contained on these sites; they are provided for
    informational purposes only.

  • If you would like to suggest a link to a resource, click here. If you need more mold resources, click here.

Mold Information

  • The National Center for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov. Search for “toxic mold.”


  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Mold Update - www.moldupdate.com
  • IAQA Indoor Air Quality Association - www.iaqa.org
  • IESO Indoor Enviromental Standards Organization - www.iestandards.org

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