How can mold become a problem in my building?

Mold is found in virtually all buildings. Many molds come from outside sources. Molds can be tolerant of dry conditions but they all need a source of moisture to grow. Homes and other buildings with mold growth have a moisture problem. The following are some indoor moisture sources that can cause problems:

  • Flooding
  • Backed-up sewers
  • Leaky roofs
  • Humidifiers
  • Mud or ice dams
  • Plumbing leaks (ongoing)
  • Steam from cooking
  • Steam from baths and showers
  • Improperly vented clothes dryers
  • Improperly vented stoves and other combustion appliances
  • Damp basements and crawl spaces
  • House plants

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1. What are molds?
2. Can molds cause me to be ill?
3. Are some molds toxic?
4. What is the toxic mold described on TV?
5. How do I know if the S. atra mold is in my house?
6. What are the common molds found in homes?
7. How can mold become a problem in my building?
8. What are the common areas for the S. atra mold to grow in buildings?
9. Should I have my mold tested?
10. How do I clean up molds?
11. Can I become ill from cleaning up mold?
12. How do I choose a mold remediation specialist?
13. How do I prevent mold?
14. Can the heating and air conditioning ductwork become contaminated?
15. Where can I get more information?