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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