Mold spores need only a comfortable environment, food (like wood, paper, carpet, etc.), and moisture to grow. If left undetected or untreated, mold can lead to negative health effects such as allergic reactions, respiratory infections, and more. Use this checklist as a basic guide to inspect your home for signs of excess moisture and mold growth. CAUTION: When investigating possible mold issues, you may disturb contaminated areas and, in doing so, further spread contamination into the rest of the home. This poses a serious health risk to those with compromised immune systems, asthma, or allergies; therefore, before conducting a thorough mold investigation, you may want to consult your doctor or hire a professional. If you choose to conduct this search yourself, please use appropriate safety gear as recommended by the EPA (

Status and Revision History
Published on Dec 11, 2015
Published with Minor Revisions on Jun 12, 2017

Pamela Turner Associate Professor & Extension Housing Specialist, Family & Consumer Sciences
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