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Where can mold be found in homes?

Although shower stalls and basements are typical moist areas prone to the growth of molds, any moist area in the home can harbor mold. Drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, furniture, ductwork, roofing, paneling, wallpaper, under sinks, and the areas around plumbing pipes are examples of areas in the home that can become infested by mold if the requisite growing conditions are present.

Mold from the outdoors can enter the home through open doors, windows, and vents. It may also become attached to clothing, shoes, and pets and therefore be carried indoors.

Mold can have many different colors and sometimes appears as spots. Additionally, a musty odor may be present. Mold growth may also be hidden underneath carpeting, on the back side of wallpaper, and behind drywall or paneling. Saunas, greenhouses, and construction areas are places where mold is commonly found.

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Comment from: chezmay 57, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

A few months ago we moved into a house which we later were told had been seriously flooded. It appeared the house had been refurbished since the floods so I wasn't concerned about it until I developed a bad case of bronchitis. I saw the doctor several times and was prescribed antibiotics but the cough wouldn't go away. My husband and foster son both had persistent coughs too. After 16 weeks of chronic illness, headaches cough, sinusitis, runny noses, itchy eyes etc. we moved out and discovered the backs of bedheads were covered in mold. I went back to the doctor who has then agreed with me that it is the mold that is causing our respiratory problems. We're still trying to get better but at least we've moved away from the source.

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Comment from: thesterlinglady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

We just discovered a severe mold problem under our kitchen sink after removing the entire bottom board. We kept smelling it and tried to bleach it several times even painting it. So when the board was removed the entire bottom of the foundation and the cupboards are covered in live growing green and black mold. Our landlord is supposed to have it fixed tomorrow but we wonder if we should still be staying here till then. They will put us up for one night but I"m worried about right now and if it"s safe to even be in here.

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