Although mold is frequently found in damp buildings, it is not the only potential contaminant. Biological contaminants other than mold, and non-biological contaminants, as well, are often present and may also cause negative health effects. Damp buildings may attract rodents and other pests. Damp or wet building components and furnishings may release chemicals indoors.
Potential contaminants in damp and wet buildings include bacteria, dust mites, cockroaches and other pests, as well as chemicals emitted by damp building materials and furnishings. For more information on damp buildings and their potential health effects, refer to the Institute of Medicine?s 2004 report, ?Damp Indoor Spaces and Health.?