Your House and Mold: What you Need to Know

12.8

2016

Mold is a type of fungus that consists of micro-organisms that feed off dead organic materials, including wood products, drywall, vinyl and building materials. In the early stages of mold in a home, it may not be visible.
However, after heat and moisture levels in the home become optimal for mold growth, the mold may appear blue, green or white depending on its nutrition source. Many types of mold may be found in a single home or business. Potentially hazardous molds in the home or business include Aspergillus, Penicillium and Stachybotrus.
Before mold removal remediation testing.
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Aspergillus is commonly found where there has been water damage – in areas that have flooded, behind drywall where water damage occurred from a leaking pipe, crawl spaces with high moisture ratings and more. Anyone with a weakened immune system and is exposed to Aspergillus are at high risk for allergic reactions, lung infections and infections in other organs.
Penicillium is often found where there has been water damage and on rotten food items – such as bread, cheese and fruit. Penicillium causes hay fever, asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Due to the severity of symptoms associated with exposed to various types of mold, it is recommended that home and business owners call a certified inspector to test the area where mold is visible.

Stachybotrus is a mold found where severe water damage has occurred. This mold produces mycotoxins which are then released into the air. It is reported to be a kidney and liver carcinogen and is commonly referred to as toxic black mold.
Due to the severity of symptoms associated with exposed to various types of mold, it is recommended that home and business owners call a certified inspector to test the area where mold is visible. Building materials with mold on them should be removed and properly disposed of. Mold spores may be released into the air in the home or business, so proper respirators should be worn at the time of remediation.

Common areas where mold may be found in a home or business include:

– Refrigerator drip pans
– A/C Coil condensation pans
– Bath tubs and showers
– Refrigerator Interiors
– Under kitchen and bathroom sinks
– Exterior walls and surfaces
– Crawl spaces and basements
– HVAC ductwork
– On furniture and clothing
– Drywall

After mold removal remediation testing.

Photograph by Nano Environmental Solutions

These areas should be checked regularly for signs of mold. In addition to visible mold, home and business owners should be aware of foul odors – typically the result of high moisture, mold, mildew or bacteria.

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