Mold

Mold spores need water to grow. In most instances, mold problems occur when there is excess water. Mold problems in a bathroom resulting from steam can be controlled by wiping down shower walls and using an exhaust fan when showering.

When a mold problem exists which can’t be readily traced to a leak, it is recommended that the building be inspected in order to identify the excess water source. Once the problem has been identified and corrected, proper mold remediation can be performed.


Health Effects of Mold

Mold can be a health concern. Unfortunately, it is not known how much mold is needed to cause health problems. However, there are factors that can be used to assess whether an increased health risk may be present. These include evaluating the individual who has been exposed and the extent and conditions of the mold growth. Some individuals who have pre‚Äźexisting health conditions may be at an increased risk. Individuals who have allergies or lung conditions such as asthma or emphysema can exhibit health effects from exposure. Very young infants and the elderly may also be at an increased risk of health issues relating to mold exposure.

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Information for Renters

Renters who have mold problems in their rental space often have difficulty getting the mold problem corrected.  Due to the lack of regulations, government offices have little authority to cite building owners regarding mold contamination. Renters should contact their local building code office regarding any unrepaired building leaks. When doing so, please be reminded that building code offices, like other government offices, most likely do not have mold regulations. Therefore, they will only be able to address structural deficiencies such as water leaks, plumbing issues, etc.  You may also want to consider seeking legal advice regarding your rights in this situation.  For more information, you can go to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Landlord-Tenant Information.

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Flood Preparedness and Clean up

Cleaning up after a flood can be both dangerous and challenging. The resources below offer information to assist building owners:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mold Inspections, Testing, Remediation and Training

IMPORTANT NOTICE

These lists are being provided as a service to residents of New Jersey. These companies are available for obtaining environmental health services in residences. The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) DOES NOT ENDORSE OR QUALIFY the work or services provided by these private companies.

There are no State certification programs for companies performing mold or general indoor air and/or environmental health services. These lists are not inclusive and other environmental companies or organizations may provide these services. If you have questions or comments regarding these listings, please refer to Key Contacts.

 

  • Environmental Consultants 
    A list of Environmental Consultants who provide mold and other indoor air and environmental health services in residential dwellings. These companies may also perform additional environmental health testing and investigative services for contaminants such as asbestos containing materials, lead-based paint and radon. 
  • Laboratories
    A list of laboratories who have expertise in microbiology for mold and bacterial analysis. These laboratories may also provide analytical services for other indoor environmental contaminants. 
  • Remediation Firms 
    A list of remediation firms who perform mold remediation and clean-up services.
  • Trade Groups 
    A list of trade groups who provide additional information and resources on indoor environmental health or indoor air quality. 
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Additional Information

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extensive information on their website pertaining to mold how to test for it, health effects and additional resources.

 

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Last Reviewed: 10/4/2016