All About Mold
Mold plays a very important role in our lives. Without mold, we wouldn't have certain life-saving drugs like penicillin. We also wouldn't have cheese.
Sometimes, though, mold grows in places it shouldn't - including inside our homes or workplaces.
This kind of mold needs to be cleaned up so that it doesn't cause health problems, such as headaches, runny eyes and noses, and coughing; or trigger attacks in kids and adults with asthma.
Use the flyers below to learn more about mold. You can also call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) at 1-517-335-9436, if you need more help.
- All About Mold - information on finding mold, cleaning and testing* for mold, and 'toxic black mold'
- Mold & Your Health - information on common health problems caused by mold
- Steps for Cleaning Mold - step-by-step clean up instructions for mold in your home
- Mold & Home Owners - addresses some common problems a home owner may face with mold and consumer protection issues
- Mold & Renter Disputes - provides step-by-step instructions a renter may follow to address problems with mold in a rental home or apartment.
- All About Mold (for Health Care Providers) - more information about mold from a clinical perspective
* Please note that MDHHS can't test your home for mold. We also do not recommend testing for mold. The flyer, "All About Mold," explains why. The State of Michigan does not provide certification for "mold remediators" or mold testing companies.
Other useful links:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):
- Mold after a Disaster
- Clean up after a Flood
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
- Mold and Moisture
- A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home ( En Español )
- Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit
- Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
- Introduction to Mold and Mold Remediation for Environmental and Public Health Professionals
Additional links for renters:
- Environmental Protection Agency:
- Michigan Office of the Attorney General:
- MSU Law:
Additional links for schools:
Environmental Protection Agency:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: