Indoor Air, Mold, and Radon
Indoor mold growth can usually be seen or smelled. In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is not needed. There are no health or exposure-based standards that you can use to evaluate a mold sampling result. The Florida Department of Health does not recommend mold testing or sampling to see if you have a mold problem, or to see what kind of mold might be growing. All indoor mold growth should be removed, regardless of type. For answers to more frequently asked questions about mold please review Indoor Mold and Health and https://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/mold/index.html.
Poor indoor air quality can be linked to a variety of respiratory ailments. The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County provides consultative-type services to the community regarding indoor air and mold problems. It is important to note that Florida Statutes do not require remediation or abatement. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home provides tips on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth.
Mold assessors and mold remediators are licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Professions. For more information on mold assessors and mold remediators, please visit the DBPR Mold-Related Services Licensing Program website. You may also verify a mold assessor or mold remediator license by selecting "Mold-Related Services" from the License Category dropdown on the DBPR License Search website. Air duct cleaners are required to hold an air conditioning contractor or mechanical contractor's license through the DBPR Construction Industry Licensing Board. To determine if you should have your ducts cleaned, you may want to review the EPA Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? website.
Indoor Air Quality Complaints in Apartments and HotelsApartments, hotels and motels are regulated as public lodging establishments by the DBPR, Division of Hotels and Restaurants. Please review the Division of Hotels and Restaurants' Frequently Asked Questions Center for more information on what issues DBPR can and cannot enforce. More information on indoor air quality complaints at these establishments is available at https://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/indoor-air-quality/apartments-lodging.html. To report a violation of the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act at one of these establishments, please visit https://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/indoor-air-quality/indoor-air-act/index.html.
Landlord Tenant Issues Related to Indoor Air Quality/Mold Issues
Single family residences, duplexes, triplexes, and apartments under four units are covered under the Florida Landlord/Tenant Law. Most unresolved landlord-tenant issues related to indoor air quality or mold are best handled using the local court system. For legal information regarding this topic please contact your attorney. You may also contact Brevard County Legal Aid, Inc. at 321-631-2500.
Select one of the following topics for more information air quality in the State of Florida:
- Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
- Did you know 1 in 5 homes in Florida has an elevated radon level?
- Test your home free of charge by filling out this form!
- Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless, tasteless, and radioactive gas produced from the radioactive decay of radium, found in most soils and earthen construction materials.
- Radon is the single largest source of radiation exposure in the U.S.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the U.S. (about one person every 25 minutes).
- U.S. Surgeon General recommends all houses be tested for radon.
- For more information visit our webpage at radon.floridahealth.gov
- Brevard County Legal Aid, Inc.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mold Website
- Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants
- Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Mold-Related Services Licensing Program
- Department of Business and Professional Regulation License Search
- Environmental Protection Agency Mold Website
- Florida Clean Indoor Air Act
- Florida Landlord/Tenant Law
- Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?
If after reviewing the above information you still have questions regarding indoor air or mold, feel free to contact us by phone at 321-633-2100 x52315 or by e-mail.
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