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What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungi that can be found on various surfaces and will continuously grow if not dealt with properly. Mold flourishes in warm, damp and humid conditions. Once mold has grown it spreads and reproduces in the form of spores. There are numerous types of mold with different appearances and colors and some may be more harmful than others.

The most common type of mold that most are familiar with is called Aspergillus which is usually ranges from a yellowish color to black or gray or sometimes blue-green. This type of mold is often found on your food or on leather surfaces. Cladosporium is a type of mold that is less familiar to most, and usually is a green or black color. This sort of mold can be found in air ducts, painted materials, and on plumbing fixtures.

The most harmful group of molds is called Stachybotrys Chartarum which is most often a black color and if one comes across this category of mold in their household action must be taken immediately. Mold can enter your household in multiple ways, through air conditioning systems, windows, vents, and doorways.

Mold will constantly thrive in places with a lot of moisture therefore, the most common places where mold has been found are by leaky roofs, pipes and windows. Once mold has entered it will grow progressively day by day on a variety of surfaces and materials like, wood, cardboards, paper products, wallpaper, carpet fabrics, drywall, insulation, upholstery, tiles, and many more.

Why Test?

The main and most crucial reason to test for mold is because conditions, indoor mold has the possibility to be harmful to a human or animals medical state and may do serious damage to your property.

Signs of Water Issues

If one begins to notice that their walls, floors or ceilings start to stain or become discolored, this indicates that there is a water problem present and mold may be thriving behind or within the textiles.

Another indicator could be a wall surface looks as though it is bubbling, peeling, or cracking and creates damage to your paint or wallpaper and if the wall surface happen to feel damp. If you experience any of these complications, it is probable that you are faced with a moisture problem that needs to be handled or else mold will inevitably sprout.

Health Concerns

A mold infestation is an underlying cause of many health complications. Constant exposure to mold will have a definite damage on your health, some mild symptoms are throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, coughing, eye discomfort, wheezing, sinus and skin irritation. The longer one is exposed to mold the more harm the mold will do to their health. Breathing in air where mold is present can lead to serious damage on the respiratory system. At first one may have shortness of breath and may be finding it difficult to breathe. If one abides to live in those conditions and is suffering from these symptoms it may contribute to lung illnesses and diseases.

Mold may also cause these ailments:

  • Baldness or hair loss
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Flu or Cold symptoms
  • Sore or itchy throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Red or Bloodshot eyes
  • Symptoms of Hay fever
  • Hives
  • Sinus congestion
  • Rashes
  • Asthma symptoms in people with Asthma
  • Scaly or Dry skin
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Digestive Problems
  • Joint Pains
  • Depression

When mold infests a property or home, many times the individuals who live there will begin to develop certain symptoms which are directly related to their exposure to the mold. When a home undergoes a water intrusion or is thought to have mold, these health symptoms are to be closely observed in all occupants of the home or property;

Mold exposure can cause serious digestive problems, which can be extremely detrimental to one’s health. People may react to mold exposure by developing diarrhea or vomiting, which in many cases can lead to dehydration and improper absorption of nutrients. This specifically is caused by fusarium, which is a mold generally found in places such as dehumidifiers, water damaged beds, and carpeting, and when inhaled, can cause serious digestive complications.

Internal harm:

Molds can cause serious allergic reactions, which can result in nose bleeds. In addition, Stachybotrys can produce internal bleeding of the lungs, as well as other severe respiratory infections, including breathing problems or shortness of breath. Routine inspections are important in maintaining a healthy environment in your home or property.

Allergy intensification:

Those who typically suffer from allergies can experience an increase of allergy symptoms. Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat are common indicators of mold-related allergy intensification. Many illnesses related to sinus infections were reported to have been caused by mold growth in the home.

Migraines:

Due to the many irritations which mold causes to the body, a result can be constant migraine headaches. Due to the eyes being strained and breathing issues, headaches are often associated with typical mold related issues.

Skin reactions:

Often, mold will dwell on surfaces which one’s body may come in contact with habitually, such as; sheets, carpets, sofas, etc… Therefore, people who are in an environment which contains mold may develop painful skin inflammations both by way of contact or inhalation of the mold.

Fatigue:

Feeling constant fatigue may come about because of extraneous work schedules or other stressors. Mold has been found to be the alternative common factor in chronic fatigue. If you or someone in the property is experiencing constant fatigue, it is very possible that it is due to a mold growth.

Signs of Mold Infestation

Mold is not an issue that should be taken lightly therefore, if one has the slightest suspicion that they might have mold they should call for an inspection. Mold is sometimes visible, in that case you could see the mold and proceed accordingly. Unfortunately, other times mold is not visible to the naked eye but, there are still other ways to tell if you’ve been infested with mold. If one finds themselves smelling an unpleasant musty odor in their homes this likely means that you have been infested with mold, which means you are inhaling toxic compounds that have been produced by the mold and possibly mold spores as well. If the slightest sight of mold is found it must be dealt with immediately, if you fail to do so small patches will grow and become a bigger issue since your home already has all the factors that mold thrives in.

During the inspection process, our technicians will do a walk-through and visually assess the area for signs of observable mold growth. Visual assessment is vital and helpful in the confirmation of mold growth in an area. Additional testing, such as air and/or swab testing, is beneficial in order to fully verify the extent of mold infestation.

Odors:

Generally, the first sign of possible mold growth is a musty, wet smell which would usually not be expected inside of a home or property. Mold does not always present itself visually, and therefore identifying a moldy scent may sometimes prevent mold growth to spread into other areas.

Surface Damages:

Many molds, when beginning to grow rapidly, will affect the surface which it is growing on. The following are signs of mold growth surface damages which are observed and analyzed by our technicians during a mold inspection:

Distorted wood

Due to the water infiltration, the wood will develop a soggy look. This will cause the wood to bend and curl up in places which it normally would not. Mold can develop when water intrudes on a wooden surface.

Surface markings

Walls and other surfaces, when infested by mold growth, will have markings and discolorations, such as; brown, green, or black. Stains are a definite sign of mold growth in that specific location.

Water leaks

Of course, visible signs of water leaks are to be noted. Whether the mold has already started to grow or not, that surface needs to be checked for signs such as yellow water stains which would indicate moisture behind that surface.

Bathroom Tile Black Spotting:

Because of constant moisture which circulates in a bathroom, it easily becomes a proliferation ground for mold growth. Tiles in the bathroom, due to their texture and spacing, allow moisture to thrive between the small cracks and underneath the surfaces. The combination of the moisture and dirt that exist between the tiles creates an environment where mold can increase rapidly.

Mold:

Finally, a sure sign of mold growth caused by water damage is the mold itself. When mold is obvious and observable, technicians will evaluate the mold through non-invasive tests, to find the best way to remediate the problem.

Paint flaking

When paint on walls begins to have a flaking look, this usually means there is moisture beneath the surface which ultimately causes mold growth as well.

Adhesive Malfunctions:

When adhesive materials on walls, such as wall paper or dry-wall tape, will malfunction, this is a definite sign of water intrusion. Dry wall adhesives are made to stick on dry walls. If there is moisture on the surface, the adhesive will not work correctly and will de-attach from its surface.

Gutter Malfunctions:

Many times, gutters are the cause of mold problems in homes. Proper deliverance of water from rainfall to a safe distribution location is vital in keeping the moisture out of the home. When gutters are faulted, water collects at the base of the structure and can enter the home, causing immense damages to the foundations.

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