Molds are fungi found indoors and outdoors almost everywhere in the environment. They can grow all year long but grows better in warm, damp and humid conditions.
In the home, mold is almost always present in the air but grows best in damp areas with high humidity levels, like bathrooms and basements. There are perhaps thousands of different species of mold, but the most common indoor molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus.
There is no established health limit for mold exposure, but persons with allergies or sensitivities to mold are usually most affected.
For additional information on mold please visit the links below:
Mold, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services: http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/info/phps/Mold.htm
Mold Information Environmental Protection Agency/EPA: https://www.epa.gov/mold
Dealing with Mold and Mildew in your Flood Damaged Home/FEMA
Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon is higher in some parts of the country but can be found all over the U.S. including some areas in Kentucky. Radon gas can enter and collect in homes and other types of buildings causing unsafe levels of radon to buildup. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, this greatly increases your risk of developing lung cancer.
The only way to determine if your home has a radon problem is to test.
For more information on Radon please visit the links below:
A Citizens Guide to Radon/ EPA: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-12/documents/2016_a_citizens_guide_to_radon.pdf
Kentucky Radon Program/Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/info/phps/radongas.htm