Molds are fungi that can be found indoors and outdoors. They grow best in warm, damp and humid conditions. Molds spread and reproduce by making spores.
Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing or skin irritation.
Our environmental health specialists do not perform inspections or on-site visits for mold, nor do they handle landlord-tenant disputes. Links to information about mold and responsibilities of landlords and tenants are featured at the bottom of this page.
The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services website has excellent mold information and a list of contractors who can test mold and/or mitigate mold. You can test mold yourself through the Wisconsin Occupational Health Lab by calling 1-800-446-0403.
Knowing what kind of mold you have may be useful information if your doctor wishes to determine if mold is causing symptoms in a member of your household. Keep in mind that no matter what kind of mold you have, it still needs to be eliminated from your home, and the conditions that caused it need to be eliminated as well. Time, effort and money spent testing may be better spent taking steps to eliminate the mold and preventing its regrowth.