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Old 02-24-2022, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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My husband has a severe mold allergy, and we are looking to relocate from Oregon. South Dakota is one of the states we are considering moving to.

Is mold an issue in South Dakota? How would someone with mold allergies do there?

Any advice or recommendations are appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2022, 07:57 PM
 
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This paper shows (roughly) the incidence of molds across the country. From the paper, it appears the "best" states to avoid mold are (not in any particular order):

Nevada
Utah
Wyoming
Montana
North Dakota
South Dakota

Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (not near the coast) seem to do pretty well, as does west Texas (I noticed you posted in the Texas forum).

Good luck in your search.
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Old 02-24-2022, 09:22 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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This paper shows (roughly) the incidence of molds across the country. From the paper, it appears the "best" states to avoid mold are (not in any particular order):

Nevada
Utah
Wyoming
Montana
North Dakota
South Dakota

Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (not near the coast) seem to do pretty well, as does west Texas (I noticed you posted in the Texas forum).

Good luck in your search.
I think you'll have to discount that paper as far as South Dakota. Under section 2.1, Home Selection Process, it states:

"Because of low population density, no samples were obtained from the states of Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, or South Dakota."

I have owned 4 homes in 4 different states, and only encountered mold issues in IL and in SD. I had brief mold outbreaks in 2 of those homes, right after purchase. But both of those instances were due to (very) high humidity in the basement. In one case, it was due to high ground water; sump pump had to run A LOT. Other case (SD) was due to very heavy rains; builder didn't bother to buy a hose for sump pump, so water was dumped immediately by foundation. Mold outbreak problem was solved both times by installing a humidifier in the basement. I also lived in SC about 70 miles inland from the coast, but never had a mold issue in the house (no one has basements in coastal SC).

In general, I've never really heard of anyone having mold issues in the SE part of SD where I live, which I would expect to be the most humid part of state. I'd reach out to a realtor in the area of interest. Suspect the OP would do better in western part of state which is drier. Esp if sensitive to mold allergies.
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Old 02-24-2022, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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South Dakota

Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (not near the coast) seem to do pretty well, as does west Texas (I noticed you posted in the Texas forum).

Good luck in your search.
Yes, I did. TX is another state we're considering, but when I tried searching online via google, I couldn't find anything definitive.

Thank you for your response and for the information!
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Old 02-24-2022, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I think you'll have to discount that paper as far as South Dakota. Under section 2.1, Home Selection Process, it states:

"Because of low population density, no samples were obtained from the states of Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, or South Dakota."
Thank you for pointing that out.

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In general, I've never really heard of anyone having mold issues in the SE part of SD where I live, which I would expect to be the most humid part of state. I'd reach out to a realtor in the area of interest. Suspect the OP would do better in western part of state which is drier. Esp if sensitive to mold allergies.
Thank you for sharing your experience and for the advice! You provided some insights I didn't have before.
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Old 02-25-2022, 12:11 AM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Mold outbreak problem was solved both times by installing a humidifier in the basement.
Make that .... Dehumidifier .... was installed!
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Old 02-25-2022, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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I have been in a number of support groups for chronically ill folks. Have some info saved re mold issues
Thank you! I'll take a look.
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Old 02-25-2022, 11:32 AM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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Have you tried allergy shots for mold? I have a bad mold allergy and the shots were the only thing that saved me.

Of course it's good to get away from a moldy area too. I do best right beside the ocean. I do worst in the woods, especially in the fall with all the mold from the fallen leaves.

My guess is that the SE would be terrible because they have a long hot muggy season for mold. Northern states can be humid but there's hardly any mold in the air during the long dry winters.
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Old 02-25-2022, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Have you tried allergy shots for mold? I have a bad mold allergy and the shots were the only thing that saved me.
We hadn't considered it. I'll have to research that and talk to my husband about it. Thanks!
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Old 02-25-2022, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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So we're actually leaning toward Sioux Falls, SD if we do move to the state. Anyone on here that lives there? Is it a good place to live?
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