Mold Statistics and Facts

Learn how widespread mold and its effects can be on you, your home, and the ones around you.

Mold and Mycotoxins can have a serious impact on your health. Learn everything you need to know about finding, remediating and treating Mold. We put together a list of the most important statistics all in once place so you can protect your home, family and pets from dangerous mold infections.

The Numbers

  • 7 million deaths per year are linked to indoor and outdoor air pollution. (World Health Organization, 2014)
  • Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home. (EPA and Berkeley National Laboratory, 2007)
  • At least 45 million buildings in the United Stats have unhealthy levels of mold. (Moldy, 2017)
  • Infants who are exposed to mold in their living environments have nearly a 3X greater risk of becoming asthmatic than those who did not have extensive mold exposure in their first year of life. (Michael Pinto, 2018)
  • 93% of chronic sinus infections have been attributed to mold. (Mayo Clinic, 1999)
  • On average, professional mold remediation costs $500 to $6,000 – but the price can soar into the tens of thousands if the problem is severe. (Houselogic, 2009)

The Damage

  • Each year mold destroys more wood than all the fires and termites combined. (Luke Armstrong, 2016)
  • Most doctors do not have the training to identify mold illness. “Possibly every doctor in the United States is treating mold illness, and they just don’t realise it.” (Dr. Scott McMahon, MD, 2017)
  • About 40% of asthma episodes are triggered by the household presences of mold, dust mites, or rats. (Center For American Progress, 2016)
  • Any kind of water damage (flood, pipe burst, leakage) can facilitate the growth of a mold in as soon as 24-48 hours. (ServiceMaster Restore, 2016)
  • Up to 25% of the population has a genetic pre-disposition that makes them more susceptible to mold illness. (Mold Sensitized, 2015)
  • [Mycotoxins] can spread and affect the immune system severely. These lead to health conditions like allergies, hypersensitivity, respiratory problems (asthma, wheezing, coughing); and some other severe ones like those of memory loss, depression, anxiety and reproductive problems among several others. (Rujuta Borkar, 2018)