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Indoor Air Quality


Mold and Allergies

Mold produces “spores,” tiny specks you can’t see and that float through the air. When you breathe in mold spores, then get into your lungs and can cause health problems. People with allergies to molds may have reactions under these conditions.


Lead poisoning is a serious health threat for young children in and around the home. Your children can be poisoned if they get lead in their bodies, which can cause learning and behavior problems. Lead may damage hearing and the nervous system, including the brain. Laws have been passed to ban lead in household paint, gasoline and water pipes, but many older homes still have lead in them.

Related Information


It's in the Air

Cleaning to Reduce Indoor Air Contamination

Breathing Easy: Controlling Asthma Triggers

A Brief Guide to Mold and Moisture in the Home

Mold Resources

Cleaning to Control Allergies and Asthma

Allergy and Asthma Network

More Info

American Lung Association

EPA Lead in Drinking Water