We have only recently begun to understand the health
hazards of fungal exposure. I hope to provide enough
information here so that you may identify and correct the
There are over 100,000 types of molds in the world. In Canada alone there are over 270 indoor varieties.
Some molds produce secondary metabolites that produce toxins
called mycotoxins which are very dangerous to your health. We
usually are unaware we are breathing mold spores and mycotoxins
until we develop health problems ... some as severe as chronic
bronchitis, heart problems, cancer, multiple sclerosis and much
I'm not trying to educate anyone as to which mold is
toxic and which is not. I'm not a mold expert. The fact remains that regardless of the
toxicity of mold in your home your health may be at risk.
Unfortunately we are not effectively being protected by any level
of our government or by the building codes used to set guidelines
and regulations for building our homes. We are basically
left in the dark to deal with this all on our own.
Moisture left within any structure will allow mold to grow and
live there indefinitely. The spores grow
and may become airborne and circulate within your home. Common
areas for mold to grow are basements, showers, behind and under
bathtubs, under sinks and in the drywall where plumbing is
located. If there's moisture in any material for over 24
hours at a time can cause mold to develop. Keep things dry and you will most likely never have a
Mold can be killed using bleach but if mold has contaminated
absorbent materials such as carpet, drywall, or insulation, that material may have to be completely removed. All remaining areas need to be
dry and free of any moisture before repairs are conducted to
damaged areas. Also if you are tearing things apart to get at the
mold you'll need to protect yourself and the rest of your
home from the airborne spores caused by your disturbance, so
masks, gloves, barriers and ventilation is important.