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New Online Video Sponsored by EMSL Analytical Discusses What Mold Needs to Grow Indoors

EMSL Analytical offers indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to protect people and help identify contaminants in homes, schools and offices.


Today, most people recognize that mold growing in their home can cause a wide range of health concerns. Elevated levels of mold can cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks in sensitive individuals and even lead to infections in some people. 

In order for mold to grow indoors, it needs moisture and food. Moisture is a key factor influencing mold growth and controlling indoor moisture can dramatically help to limit mold’s ability to reproduce in a home or building. 

Mold does not need a lot of water to grow. In fact, just a little condensation, in a bathroom or around a window sill, can be enough. Under the right conditions, mold can begin to grow indoors in as short as 24 to 48 hours.

“Common sources of water or moisture include roof leaks, condensation due to high humidity or cold spots in a building, slow leaks in plumbing fixtures, humidification systems, sprinkler systems and floods,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, a leading environmental and indoor air quality testing laboratory. “Besides moisture, mold also needs nutrients, or food, to grow. Mold can grow on virtually any organic substance. Most buildings are full of organic materials that mold can use as food, including many building materials and household furnishings. Conditions such as moisture, light and temperature may favor one species of mold over others. Living or working in a building with elevated levels of mold is not healthy for anyone.”

EMSL has sponsored an educational video to help inform people about what mold needs to grow indoors. It can be seen at:

To learn more about testing for mold or other microbial contaminants, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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