Hi, I’m Mike, owner and Council Certified Mold Hygienist. As a leader in mold industry, I wanted to give you a brief explanation of mold and what to expect during residential or commercial mold remediation.
Fungi and mold are a major cause of indoor air quality (IAQ) problems because of exposure to fungal and mold parts that can cause allergic reactions in many people. Mold sensitivity varies from person to person. Those more sensitive are children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Some molds give off toxins called mycotoxins, some of them can actually cause cancer. Mycotoxins are poisonous substances produced by mold. They can be toxic for humans when they are eaten, absorbed into the skin, or inhaled. Poisoning by mycotoxins is called mycotoxicosis.
Moldy odors, these odors come from volatile organic compounds produced by mold. It can irritate mucous membranes and cause headaches and other symptoms.
Typically the most common health problems. Symptoms include respiratory problems with difficulty breathing, nasal and sinus congestion, burning / watery or reddened eyes, dry hacking cough, nose and throat irritation, shortness of breath, skin irritation, headaches, memory problems, mood changes, aches, pains, and possible fever.
There are an estimated 200 species of mold known to cause infections in humans, and immune-suppressed individuals who are especially at risk. Infections can be localized or systemic. Some fungi can affect hair, skin, and nails. Aspergillosis is a common fungal infection requiring hospitalization.
Many species of mold produce toxic metabolites called mycotoxins, which are believed to be most prevalent in spores. Mycotoxins have caused nerve damage, organ damage, and cancer. Symptoms of toxicosis from mold include cold and flu-like symptoms, headaches, nosebleeds, memory problems, fatigue, dermatitis, and immune suppression.
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You don’t have to have a flood to develop a mold issue. It can be caused by condensation or a high relative humidity (RH). So what’s condensation? It can be the frost or wet windows (on the INSIDE). It can be wet walls in the bathroom after taking a shower. That’s why you need to run the bathroom fan.
Mold can also develop from high humidity (RH), whether it be from a hot humid summer days or a damp basement. You don’t want an RH that is near 60%. An alarm should sound in your head if the RH is at 60% or above.
Mold is everywhere, outside and inside our homes and workspace. As building structures breath they circulate the mold spores. Air currents and HVAC systems also add to the movement of spores. Mold spores are always present, it just needs a few more ingredients to grow. The recipe is as follows: moisture, food source and a dark cozy place. Its food source is easy to find. Carpet backing, drywall, cardboard, and wood are just of the appetizing item to mold spores. Now to finish the recipe, add moisture or water. Once conditions are right, spores can germinate within 12 hours, colonies can begin to form within 24 hours. Spores can be produced within 48-72 hours.
It’s important to know that if the moisture / water issue isn’t corrected mold will continue to grow. Left untreated mold has a “stacking affect.” Meaning the spores build up and move upward. For example, if a basement has enough mold, it is very likely the spores will travel to the main level. Again, air currents and HVAC systems aid in the movement of spores. They may not be visible yet on the main level yet but if an air test was done it would show an increased number of spores compared to outside.
If you have more than 10SF of mold, NY State requires you have a licensed Mold Assessor inspect the area of concern to make sure it’s actually mold and write a remediation plan for the remediation company. The Department of Labor (DOL) now over sees mold remediation since NY State established NY State Article 32 in 2015. For more information, please visit https://dol.ny.gov/mold-program.
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