What are molds?
Molds are a type of fungi that are very simple organisms that reproduce by spores, which are extremely durable. Molds thrive in moist, warm conditions, but can survive in harsh, dry conditions, as well. Today, scientists estimate there are more than 100,000 types and species of mold.
What are the most common indoor molds?
Where are molds found?
Molds are found in virtually every environment. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they are often in basements, bathrooms, or anywhere that experienced a water leak.
How do molds affect people?
Molds product allergens and some people are sensitive to it. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. People with serious allergies to mold may have a more severe reaction such as fever and shortness of breath. Additionally, a person with chronic lung disease illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract systems, cough and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-medicated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.
How do I test the mold?
It’s best to have mold testing performed for you by a qualified mold professional. Hiring a professional mold test who is experienced at collecting and analyzing mold samples will always lead to the most accurate results. Home test kits are available in home improvement store; however; these kits will only show you that mold is present. This is not helpful because mold is always present indoors.
What is the best method for mold removal?
Numerous mold remediation techniques exist and the best one depends on each situation. United Safety LLC will the client hire a 3rd party to survey each project so there is no conflict of interest. From there we will determine the most efficient method for removal and how to stop it from recurring.