Friday, February 16, 2018

Does Mold Only Grow In Moist or Wet Environments?

Mold needs initial moisture to start growing, but it can keep growing even if the area dries up. It can do this because many forms of mold can pull moisture from the air around them. For some forms of mold to start growing, you don’t even have to have water damage in your home; mold is always present, so when there is any amount of moisture for the spores to use, they will take that chance to begin growing. 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Black Mold Misconceptions

Black mold is a term that is widely used. Many people think that mold isn’t dangerous unless it’s black mold. This isn’t true at all. Relying on the color of the mold to determine how toxic it is to your health is not a wise course of action. Many types of mold can release harmful toxins into the air.

While technically, these molds are not “toxic,” they are “toxigenic,” meaning they release spores into the air, which creates unhealthy air quality conditions. If you find any type of mold in your home or office, you should contact a professional mold inspection company.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Hazards & Health Effects of Mold

When you’re exposed to mold, it’s important that you’re careful. There are a variety of health effects and hazards you could be exposed to. The severity greatly depends on the type, which is why it’s very important to have professional mold testing before you attempt any remediation. Also, everyone will react differently depending on the person and the class of mold. Here’s a list of health effects that could follow mold exposure:

-          Mold-related infections

-          Respiratory conditions

-          Developed mold sensitivity, causing:

-          Sore throat, headaches, skin irritation, watering/dry/sore eyes, coughing/sneezing/wheezing, chest and nasal congestion

-          Severe and chronic conditions

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, there’s a chance that you’ve been exposed to mold. It’s important to call a doctor about the health effects and to call a mold testing company to find the cause.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Species of Mold

There are a few hundred thousand types of mold in existence. We can’t list nearly that many, but here are the top four most common species:

      1)  Aspergillus/Penicillium – blue/yellow/green, fuzzy appearance with musty smell (common cause of allergies) that’s often found on decaying fabric, wallpaper, and carpets with water damage

      2)  Alternaria – black, velvet/fuzzy appearance that’s often found in damp areas such as under sinks or after water damage and flooding

      3)  Cladosporium – olive-green, brown, or black appearance (common cause of a fever or asthma symptoms) that’s often found mostly outdoors on porous surfaces like wood and textile, but also found indoors

      4)  Stachybotrys – greenish-black, gelatinous wet, dry, or powdery appearance with distinctive musty odor that is extremely harmful to humans (also known as “toxic black mold”)

These are just five out of thousands of different mold types—but they are types you’ll most likely encounter in your everyday life. Each type will fall under one of these three categories:

      1)  Allergenic – causes allergies & allergic reactions

      2)  Pathogenic – causes health problems for those already suffering from illness

      3)  Toxigenic – also known as “toxic mold,” these varieties can lead to dangerous or even deadly health conditions

If you discover mold on your property, we recommend that you find a professional who is experienced in mold testing to help you determine the dangers and the next steps you may need to take.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

The Hazards of Methamphetamine Labs

The process of inspection and decontamination of a methamphetamine lab is quite complex and potentially hazardous. Being exposed to the potential contamination in a meth lab could subject you to:
  •         Chemical Poisoning
  •         Death from exposure
  •         Risk of explosions and fire
  •         Respiratory problems
  •         Skin Reactions
  •         Migraines

We recommend that you hire an experienced decontamination contractor to clear the contamination and an independent inspection firm to ensure that the job has been done correctly and completely. Don’t subject yourself to the unnecessary risks involved in renovating or occupying a former meth lab.

Is Your Property Free of Methamphetamine Contamination?

Are you concerned that your property may be contaminated or may have been formerly used as a meth lab?

Do you wonder if there’s a way to find out if your property has been tested before?

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) maintains a list of contaminated homes reported by law enforcement as Clandestine Laboratories. However, this list only contains labs discovered by police departments, and that represents only approximately 5% of the number of meth labs present, according to law enforcement. Homes known to have been used as meth labs must also be disclosed in real estate disclosures.
Still, many homeowners across the nation have found themselves unknowingly buying a home formerly used as a meth lab. The costs of properly remediating a home contaminated with methamphetamine can easily reach into the tens of thousands of dollars, which can lead to dishonest or incomplete real estate disclosures.

These sites can be very useful to find out if your property has been used as a meth lab. But it doesn’t include every case. If you want to dig deeper, the next step is to have a methamphetamine inspection company run testing to determine if your property needs decontamination.

Does Mold Only Grow In Moist or Wet Environments?

Mold needs initial moisture to start growing, but it can keep growing even if the area dries up. It can do this because many forms of mol...