moldy-windowMolds are everywhere and float through the air inside and outside all of the time. When mold spores land where there is appropriate moisture, nutrients, and temperature, they grow.

Common places for mold to grow include:

  • basements
  • bathrooms
  • ceilings underneath leaky roofs
  • crawl spaces
  • under wallpaper and carpet
  • walls around leaky pipes

Health Effects

Individuals suffering from allergies and asthma are impacted when they breathe in molds floating in the air.  Respiratory reactions and asthma attacks result. Excess moisture also attracts pests like cockroaches.


Printable Resources

UNC CEHS Mold and Moisture fact sheet (English)
UNC CEHS Asthma and Allergy Triggers fact sheet
UNC CEHS Mold and Moisture fact sheet (Spanish)