With homes and buildings being built tighter and more energy efficient, they may also be lacking the proper ventilation to prohibit mold growth. In order to grow, mold needs a water source as well as elevated levels of humidity and a food source. This can be found in water-damaged carpeting, Sheetrock™, insulation, and ceilings.
While there are numerous types of mold, a number of them can produce allergens that trigger an allergic reaction in people who are affected by mold. Other molds are known to produce potent toxins and irritants. These health concerns are important reasons to treat existing mold growth and to take corrective measures to prevent it from returning.
The people at highest risk of becoming sick from exposure to mold are infants, children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with respiratory conditions.