Mold

Mold

Whether it’s peace of mind or identifying what mold ecologies are in your indoor environment. We can give you a breakdown of what is there along with a count to understand the affected level in the relative air. The results given can also be used by an allergy specialist to see if you are allergic to any fungal ecologies notated on the samples taken. Being allergic to penicillin could make you uncomfortable in an environment with elevated penicillium.  

Mold exists everywhere; there are no indoor spaces where you can not find it. However, without sufficient moisture, it cannot grow, so a specific sign of mold growth is the presence of too much moisture. These bacteria, also known as fungi, are microorganisms that generally have thread-like bodies and reproduce by producing spores. Spores are generally round or ovoid single cells (but in some cases multicellular) that are dispersed from the thread-like body of the mod, called mycelium. Spores can be colorless or pigmented and vary in size. There are about fifty to one hundred different molds that are typically found growing indoors in water-damaged buildings.

Mold Pollution

Mold pollution is the growth of fungi in a building, resulting in a negative impact on the use of that structure. The negative impacts generally fall into two categories: the destruction of the structure itself and adverse health impacts on the building’s occupants. It is estimated that about ten percent of U.S. buildings may suffer from mold pollution.

Water problems in buildings are generally the result of leaks from roofs or plumbing condensation, and flooding. When building materials or furnishings such as wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, or carpets get wet, molds will be grown on them. The types of substrates and the amount of moisture will often determine the kinds of molds that grow. Even though moisture control is key to controlling mold growth and eliminating its effects on the building’s structure or the building occupants.

Health Impact

Dampness may show up as visible moisture, like leaks, or as high humidity. Dampness in homes or buildings creates the environment for mold spores to grow. Dampness can cause harm even when mold is not present. Excessive moisture also promotes the growth of dust mites, cockroaches, bacteria, and viruses, which can impact health.

Exposure to mold can trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms in people who are allergic. However, even without the bacteria, dampness indoors causes asthma attacks and other upper and lower respiratory problems. Anyone with or without allergies may experience irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs when exposed to airborne mold particles. An uncommon disease known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis has been associated with exposure to indoor mold in people who have weakened immune systems.

Solving Issues

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Identify and eliminate the water problem: The most critical step is to identify and eliminate the source of the water that is creating a damp environment.

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Determine the extent of the problem: Calling for professional help to clean any mold growth that covers more than 10 square feet is imperative.

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Remove, clean, or discard affected materials: To get rid of mold, wash it off materials that can be effectively cleaned, such as hard surfaces. Use detergent and warm water and dry the surface completely.

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Protect occupants and workers: Wear an N-95 mask (available at hardware stores), disposable gloves, and goggles.

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Mold And Dampness Prevention

The best way to control dampness and mold indoors is to control the sources of moisture. Preventing the problem from developing as well as fixing new problems quickly is key.
Here are some important steps to keep in consideration:

  • Keep indoor humidity levels below 50 percent.
  • Fix all leaks. 
  • Increase air movement and ventilation.
  • Run exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen to reduce moisture.
  • Keep appliance drip pans clean.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean places where fungi are likely to grow.

Signs to identify a dampness problem:

  • Musty odor
  • Moisture on hard surfaces 
  • Water stains that signify water leaks or condensation
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Whether it’s peace of mind or identifying what mold ecologies are in your indoor environment. We can give you a breakdown of what is there along with a count to understand the affected level in the relative air. The results given can also be used towards an allergy specialist to see if you are allergic to any fungal ecologies notated on the samples taken. Being allergic to penicillin could make you uncomfortable in an environment with elevated penicillium.  

Mold exists everywhere; there are no indoor spaces where you can not find it. However, without sufficient moisture, it cannot grow, so a specific sign of mold growth is the presence of too much moisture. These bacteria, also known as fungi, are microorganisms that generally have thread-like bodies and reproduce by producing spores. Spores are generally round or ovoid single cells (but in some cases multicellular) that are dispersed from the thread-like body of the mod called mycelium. Spores can be colorless or pigmented and vary in size. There are about fifty to one hundred different molds that are typically found growing indoors in water-damaged buildings.

Mold Pollution

Mold pollution is the growth of molds in a building resulting in a negative impact on the use of that structure. The negative impacts generally fall into two categories: the destruction of the structure itself and adverse health impacts on the building’s occupants. It is estimated that about ten percent of U.S. buildings may suffer from mold pollution.

Water problems in buildings are generally the result of leaks from roofs or plumbing condensation, and flooding. When building materials or furnishings such as wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, or carpets get wet, molds will be grown on them. The types of substrates and the amount of moisture will often determine the kinds of molds that grow. Even though moisture control is key to controlling mold growth and eliminating its effects on the building’s structure or the building occupants.

Mold

Mold And Dampness Prevention

The best way to control dampness and mold indoors is to control the sources of moisture. Preventing the problem from developing as well as fixing new problems quickly is key.
Here are some important steps to keep in consideration:

  • Keep indoor humidity levels below 50 percent.
  • Fix all leaks. 
  • Increase air movement and ventilation.
  • Run exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen to reduce moisture.
  • Keep appliance drip pans clean.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean places where molds are likely to grow.

Signs to identify a dampness problem:

  • Musty odor
  • Moisture on hard surfaces 
  • Water stains that signify water leaks or condensation

Solving Mold Issues

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Identify and eliminate the water problem: The most critical step is to identify and eliminate the source of the water that is creating a damp environment.

check

Determine the extent of the problem: Calling for professional help to clean any mold growth that covers more than 10 square feet is imperative.

check

Remove, clean, or discard affected materials: To get rid of mold, wash it off materials that can be effectively cleaned, such as hard surfaces. Use detergent and warm water and dry the surface completely.

check

Protect occupants and workers: Wear an N-95 mask (available at hardware stores), disposable gloves, and goggles.

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