I think I have mold in my house. Can the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) test it and clean it up?

No. Unfortunately, due to the lack of regulations specific to mold at the federal, state and local level, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is not able to enforce mold remediation or perform mold testing or assessments. 

Mold is part of the natural environment; and, therefore, mold is generally considered to be present everywhere both indoors and outdoors. However, molds are usually not a problem indoors unless mold spores land on a wet or damp object and begin overgrowing. Typically, mold will not overgrow in the absence of moisture.

Testing for, and documenting the presence of, mold is usually of little value especially since mold is generally expected to be found throughout our environment. How to interpret positive tests results remains unclear. 

Mold overgrowth can be prevented and controlled indoors by limiting excessive moisture. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold AND fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but do not fix the water problem, most likely, the mold problem will return. 

The New York State Department of Labor operates a certification program for mold remediation contractors. Information regarding this program can be found here

In limited circumstances, the ECDOH may have some authority to require that building owners eliminate conditions (e.g., leaking pipes) that could be causing mold overgrowth, but in many cases, moisture issues in buildings are caused by structural problems (e.g. leaking roof or gutters). Structural issues are handled by the local Building Inspector. 

For additional resources on mold testing, proper cleanup techniques and mold and moisture prevention please go to the EPA Mold Website and the CDC Mold Website

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