Mold growth is familiar to most people as a fuzzy patch or stain spreading across food or damp surfaces.  It is not practical to expect a building to be completely free of mold, nor is it necessary.  Mold growth on indoor surfaces is a sign of moisture presence, the cause of which should be identified and corrected.

Mold exposure from breathing indoor or outdoor air can be irritating and can aggravate allergies and asthma. Health effects of mold can be a concern where exposures are very high, such as in sawmills, grain elevators, and agricultural settings.  Indoor mold growth should be removed using appropriate cleaning methods for small spots and professional assistance for larger amounts.

How do I get rid of mold in my home?

Mold growth inside a home may cause respiratory illness to those individuals who have allergies to mold.  There are more than 1,000,000 species of mold.  Mold is really a moisture problem and any solution must involve removing the source of moisture.  Getting rid of mold involves several steps found in the following web links:

 


 

If you have questions, or would like more information about mold, contact the Marathon County Health Department by sending an email to our Sanitarians or by calling 715-261-1900.

If you would like to file a complaint, request, or report, doing so will create a public record that is subject to disclosure pursuant to Wisconsin public records law.

 

 

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