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Old 07-19-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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This may be a silly question, but with all the rain & dampness do you get much mold there? I heard someone say a while back that they lived near Coos Bay in a RV & they had mold problems.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Yes we do. Usually from improperly sealed windows in bedrooms/bathrooms. I see it in a lot of lower income housing, or places that aren't taken care of.

I also think it's a different type of black mold as it doesn't seem to have many spores although it does effect some people's asthma still.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:06 AM
 
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Yes we do. Usually from improperly sealed windows in bedrooms/bathrooms. I see it in a lot of lower income housing, or places that aren't taken care of.

I also think it's a different type of black mold as it doesn't seem to have many spores although it does effect some people's asthma still.
That's what made me start thinking about it when considering moving to Oregon, because I have really bad asthma. Thanks.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Bend Oregon
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The high desert (east of the Cascades) doesn't have the mold problem found in the more humid parts of the state but even here we have what is called snow mold that sometimes grows in the shady areas of grass (but not inside our homes)
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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The high desert (east of the Cascades) doesn't have the mold problem found in the more humid parts of the state but even here we have what is called snow mold that sometimes grows in the shady areas of grass (but not inside our homes)
This is partially true, although black (and other types) of molds that grow in homes can be found here. In fact, my home had some minor black mold issues, which as hamellr stated, was due to old aluminum windows. We fixed the issue and haven't had it, but it can happen, even in dry climates.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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This is partially true, although black (and other types) of molds that grow in homes can be found here. In fact, my home had some minor black mold issues, which as hamellr stated, was due to old aluminum windows. We fixed the issue and haven't had it, but it can happen, even in dry climates.
Yep! It's caused by condensation collecting where there is an extreme temperature difference. In the case of one of my old apartments this was leading to rot under the window sill and causing bigger issues.

Coupled with a lack of response of any kind about fixing the problem by the Apartment management led me to leave that place.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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We do have mold in Oregon and proper ventilation typically takes care of it. For example, most older homes don't have fans in their bathrooms, as people were supposed to open the window when taking a shower. Most people don't do that, and alas...humid room, water, plus spores (which are everywhere and natural), means mold growth. As long as water/moisture is controlled mold growth won't happen, but failure to fix a leaking sink, roof leak, etc makes our Oregon mold spores happy.

Was in a foreclosure the a month ago that had the garage filled with mold. Based on the electrical wiring in there, I'm pretty sure it was a happy grow lab for a while. I wouldn't freak out about it, but just know what you need to do to prevent it from growing in your home.
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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Yes, as others have noted, proper ventilation and sealing does the trick. Run the fan for ten minutes after your shower; use mild bleach solution to kill it, and there are clear sprays that can be used to prevent its formation.
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Mostly in older homes that have poor drainage, no moisture barrier in the crawl space, blocked or nonexistent crawl space and attic ventilation, poor insulation in the walls, poorly maintained roof and gutters, etc. Most older homes were built in the era of wood heat, which really sucks the moisture out of a house.

Modern, well maintained houses don't have a problem with mold.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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Thanks you so much for all your responses!
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