Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as more
people become aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health
effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. The Fayette County
Division of Environmental Health does not offer testing or inspections for
mold. We do offer educational materials about mold and mold remediation.
The following are common questions and answers about mold and mold
Does the IDPH test for mold?
No. Even if testing is done, no standards exist to determine acceptable amounts of mold. Testing cannot determine whether
adverse health effects will occur.
Who can test for mold?
Usually an industrial hygienist. Look for individuals or companies under “Environmental Services” in the Yellow Pages. Also,
the American Industrial Hygiene Association provides a list of members at www.aiha.org . Generally, IDPH does not
recommend mold testing.
Should I have my home or business tested for mold?
We do not recommend it. If mold is visible there is source of moisture that needs to be eliminated, and the mold needs to
be removed and the area cleaned.
What are the health effects of mold exposure?
Molds produce allergens, irritants, and sometimes toxins. A person’s reaction to mold depends on the level of exposure,
their age, and the person’s sensitivities to mold. It is different for each individual.
Symptoms can include - allergic reactions - runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes, skin rash.
Infectious diseases from mold can occur in people with weakened immune systems. These are opportunistic infections that
usually do not affect healthy people.
How can I clean areas of mold in my home or business?
- Eliminate sources of moisture. Mold will return if a moisture problem is not remedied.
- All areas should be throughly cleaned will a soap or detergent solution. Any porous areas such as carpet or drywall
that cannot be throughly cleaned should be discarded. Disinfect the area after it is completely cleaned.
- Avoid sanding areas with mold when possible to reduce dust and debris.
- Debris should be bagged and sealed before removing from the work area. This helps prevent mold from spreading
to the rest of the house.
- Provide continuous ventilation, especially when cleaning agents or disinfectants are used.
- Wear rubber gloves and protective clothing that can be easily cleaned or discarded. In addition, wear a N95 or HEPA
- Are there professionals that perform mold cleanup?
- Yellow Pages - “Fire and Water Damage Restoration.”
- Internet - www.certifiedcleaners.org/index.shtml or www.ascr.org
Does IDPH license individuals to perform mold testing or cleanup?
No. Nor does any other state of federal agency. IDPH cannot recommend the services of any contractor.
Does Illinois have laws that pertain to mold?
The only law passed so far is the establishment of a Mold Task Force to address issue of mold in indoor environments.
I have mold in my apartment and my landlord will not address the situation. Can IDPH help?
No. IDPH cannot enforce codes that define and protect indoor air quality. Persons in incorporated areas should contact
their city government, while persons in unincorporated areas should contact their county government.
Where can I find more information about indoor mold and health?
Please refer to our fact sheets that relate to mold: