Mold is a natural part of our environment, but indoors it can lead to serious health hazards, particularly in adults, especially those with serious allergy or asthma issues. Mold reproduces through tiny spores that can accumulate at accelerated levels indoors where air circulation is limited and water problems fester.
Completely invisible, spores float through indoor and outdoor air. If indoor mold gathers in damp conditions, the water acts as an abundant food source that can allow mold to grow. Elevated spores can result in widespread mold growth that can lead to breathing problems, aggravated allergies, asthma, and severe sickness.
Our immune systems are naturally designed to fend off molds. Those who suffer from mold allergies, however, have an overreaction in their natural defense systems that lead to an allergic response. Mold can also aggravate new allergies in people who were never allergic before. If you or your family is having allergic reactions, it may be time to contact a professional mold inspection company. With close to 25 percent of homes containing water damage, moisture or humidity issues that could lead to serious mold outbreaks, many families have a mold problem and don’t even realize it.
Because our reactions to mold depend on our immune systems, adults and senior citizens are particularly susceptible to the dangers of mold. The body’s natural protections fight against the mold inhalation, yet as the immune system tires and wears out, the reaction to mold can lead to more adverse conditions. Mold is especially concerning in a workplace where it can affect large numbers of adults. The sick building syndrome occurs when a large number of a building’s occupants experience adverse health symptoms that can be linked to the environment of a workplace. More than 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings typically receive reports of contaminated air quality, according to a World Health Organization report.
Allergy-like symptoms stemming from mold exposure can include congestion, coughing, wheezing, breathing problems, excessive sneezing, irritated eyes or skin, and runny noses. More serious sicknesses that can result from mold include lung infections, asthma, bronchitis, sinus infection, and even cancer of the lungs or sinuses. Pathogenic fungal spores can be inhaled into the lungs and spread throughout the organs, resulting in fever, pain in the chest or joints, severe nose bleeds, facial swelling and shortness of breath.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a common breathing sickness associated with mold, can typically result in chronic bronchitis or emphysema among adults. COPD symptoms are often early indications of more serious health problems that should be examined by a physician.
Though not all mold is dangerous, Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly known as black mold, can be extremely toxic at elevated levels; when mycotoxins are released. Not all molds that are place, however, are actually Stachybotrys chartarum, so its important to have a professional mold testing done to see if there are toxic spores within the property. Black mold has been linked to chronic lung inflammation in children and adults, as well as pulmonary hemorrhage or sudden infant death syndrome in babies.
Mold inspection and remediation is not a do-it-yourself type of job. Mold often exists where the naked eye cannot see- behind drywall, in insulation, under floorboards or carpet, inside ventilation systems or other invisible locations. Tools, protection and training are required to ensure the mold is properly identified, detected, and removed safely and effectively.
Air testing is also conducted to identify air borne spores which can be especially aggravating to those suffering from asthma. Surface samples are also taken of any suspected mold contaminated surfaces. All results are verified by a third party laboratory.
Indoor-Restore is an industry leading mold inspection company because of the quality of service we offer, which is reflected with the rigorous training our specialists undergo. All our inspectors are annually certified by the Indoor Environmental Association (IEA), and periodically retrained and tested to ensure the highest expertise. We have been setting the standard in mold remediation for over 20 years.
If you suspect mold or water problems, call an Indoor-Restore specialist right away. Mold problems only get worse over time, and can grow quickly and abundantly, especially during the summer months. Procrastination can result in thousands of dollars of mold damage, not to mention the serious health problems the dangers of mold pose to your family or co-workers. Let our professionals deal with your mold head on so you can put this problem behind you. Your family or co-workers safety is our number one priority.