I need a help to decide if I will move out from this building because of mold and health risks. Is it dangerous to live in a buliding in which the hallway is full of mold? I've been reading about mycotoxins flying in the air, but I don't understand if there is a threat to health for me in a nearby apartment (without mold).

Here are the pictures of walls in a hallway of building. There are really lot of mold stains. But to repeat, there are not in my apartment. All of this mold appeared in just two days, during floods in the Balkans.

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  • If you see that much mold in an interior hallway, it's likely that there's a lot more mold inside walls/ceilings that you can't see. If you're worried about mold, there are home mold test kits that can help you identify the type of mold. (note that some inexpensive kits only test for presence of any mold, then they charge more for laboratory analysis to determine the particular type). – Johnny Oct 3 '14 at 19:03

Most molds are harmless, or are at most an allergen. There are a fairly small number which are toxic to one degree or another.

So a lot of the fear you see is overreaction, or is folks with serious allergies. If you aren't allergic, and don't have reason to suspect that this is one of the nasty ones, it's mostly an eyesore.

The real problem is that, once established, mold can be very hard to get rid of short of ripping out any material it has grown into. A bit of dampness and old spores can bounce right back.

  • Thank you so much for an advice! The thing is that I'm just renting an apartment so it will be easer for me to move out than to try to repair walls. – Erzsebet Jul 4 '14 at 9:42
  • It may be even easier to ignore it and consider it the owner's problem. Or it may not. Up to you. Have you tried pointing it out to the owner and suggesting that they might want to hit the wall with a suitable disinfectant? (Or offer to do so yourself if they'll reimburse?) – keshlam Jul 4 '14 at 14:24

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