Indoor Air Quality Program
Indoor mold growth can usually be seen or smelled. In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is not needed. There is no health or exposure-based standards that you can use to evaluate a mold sampling result. The Florida Department of Health does not recommend mold testing or sampling to see if you have a mold problem, or to see what kind of mold might be growing. All indoor mold growth should be removed, regardless of type. For answers to more frequently asked questions about mold please review Indoor Mold and Health.
Indoor Air Quality Complaints in Apartments and Hotels
Apartments, hotels and motels are regulated as public lodging establishments by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR), Division of Hotels and Restaurants. If you have a problem or complaint regarding any issue including sanitation and safety with these types of establishments, contact DBPR Division of Hotels and Restaurants. You may file a complaint with the DBPR call service center by phone at 850.487.1395 or online.
Landlord Tenant Issues Related to Indoor Air Quality/Mold Issues
Single family residences, duplexes, triplexes, and apartments fewer than four units are covered under the Florida Landlord/Tenant Law. Most unresolved landlord-tenant issues related to indoor air quality or mold are best handled using the local court system. For legal information regarding this topic please contact your attorney.
- Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
- Did you know 1 in 5 homes in Florida has an elevated radon level?
- Test your home free of charge by filling out this form!
- Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless, tasteless, and radioactive gas produced from the radioactive decay of radium, found in most soils and earthen construction materials.
- Radon is the single largest source of radiation exposure in the U.S.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the U.S. (about one person every 25 minutes).
- U.S. Surgeon General recommends all houses be tested for radon.
- For more information visit our webpage at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/.
For more information on Indoor Air in the State of Florida, please visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/indoor-air-quality/index.html.