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About / Description

When mold spores are present, they can present a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions, producing mycotoxins, or causing fungal infection known as mycosis.

In 1994 Harvard University School of Public Health performed a study of 10,000 homes in the United States and Canada found 50 percent had "conditions of water damage and mold associated with a 50 to 100 percent increase in respiratory symptoms."

In 1999 the Mayo Clinic did a study attributing "all the chronic sinus infections afflicting 37 million Americans to mold." USA Weekend December, 1999 reports, "a new medical study attributes almost 100 percent of chronic sinus infections to mold. A 300 percent increase in the asthma rate over the past 20 years has been linked to molds."

Symptoms

Molds come in many colors including white. "Black mold" is not a species or specific kind of mold, and neither is "toxic mold." Sometimes the news media use the terms "toxic mold" and "black mold" to refer to molds that may produce mycotoxins or for a specific mold, Stachybotrys chartarum.

Molds that produce mycotoxins are often referred to as toxigenic fungi. Some compounds produced by molds have strong smells and are volatile and quickly released into the air. These compounds are known as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs). Because mVOCs often have strong or unpleasant odors, they can be the source of the "moldy odor" or musty smell frequently associated with mold growth. A moldy odor suggests that mold is growing in the building and should be investigated.

Causes

Dampness results from water incursion either from internal sources like leaking pipes, leaking water heater, malfunctioning dishwasher, improper installation of tile or sewage overflow or maybe an external source such as rainwater coming through a leaking roof. Excessive moisture becomes a problem when various materials in buildings like rugs, drywall, ceiling tiles become wet for extended periods of time.

High relative humidity in the air that is not properly controlled with air conditioning or dehumidifiers can also lead to excessive dampness. Nearby flooding can cause excessive dampness from high amounts of humidity. Dampness is a problem in buildings because it provides the moisture that supports the growth of bacteria, fungi or in other words mold.

Procedure / Solutions

A local highly trained technician will be dispatched to inspect property for assessment and determine the source of moisture (a licensed plumber may need to be called in) and take appropriate measures to make repairs. Saturated building materials, such as drywall and furnishings as a result of pipe leaks or flooding needs to be dried within 24 to 48 hours to prevent the growth of mold. Depending on the degree of contamination (there are four levels of mold growth, and four levels of mold remediation), we may require a microbiologist to test the area and create a plan of action. Follow the plan of action created by microbiologist, including coordinating repair of leak, extracting water, drying structure and removing and remediating the mold damage.

Cost

To determine the cost for the removal and or remediation of the affected area will determine greatly upon the size of the area, the time involved for the proper repairs and what materials are affected, along with what was the cause of the mold.

Tips / Prevention

Humidifiers are not recommended for use in buildings without proper vapor barriers because of potential damage from moisture buildup. Consult a building contractor to determine the adequacy of the vapor barrier in your house. Use a humidity indicator to measure the relative humidity in your house. The American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends these maximum indoor humidity levels.

Outdoor Recommended Indoor Temperature Relative Humidity
Temperature Outdoors Indoor Relative Humidity
+20o F. 35%
+10o F. 30%
0o F. 25%
-10o F. 20%
-20o F. 15%

If you are allergic to mold, or have asthma, being around mold may make your condition worse. If you have a chronic lung condition or a weak immune system, you could develop mold infections in your lungs and you should try to avoid buildings contaminated with mold. In general you don't need a protective mask, called a N95 mask, just for re-entering a building, but if you plan to clean up mold you should buy one at your local home supply store and follow instructions on the package for fitting it tightly on your face. If you think that mold is affecting your health, please see your health care provider.

Comments

These are some of the things a plumber would look for to find a source of water and find a leak. Depending on which part of the country you live in, some houses that don't have basements and the pipes run through the floor. Sometimes these pipes will begin to leak because the pipe might be up against a rock and rub a hole in the side of it. This is what is called a slab leak. How a person could tell if they have a slab leak is of course water may show up through the floor and causing water damage.

But sometimes water isn't visible and yet still under the slab causing moisture to penetrate through. That moisture will begin to form bacteria creating mold. Sometimes the wax ring on a toilet will begin to break down and leak. If the toilet is on a floor with a space under it like a basement or living space like a bedroom the water will start to penetrate into the building materials such as drywall or floor joist. This water will be trapped in this space causing mold and dry rot.

Sewage backups require special cleanup and treatment procedures. Because of the presence of contamination and bacteria not only will there be a greater chance of mold, but the cleaning process will require sanitizing and disinfecting. If the main sewer pipe gets clogged and backs up the toilet may not overflow but the seal (wax ring) is broken the sewer water may seep out from under the toilet soaking into the carpet and walls starting the mold process.

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Mold Inside The Wall From A Plumbing Leak

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MOLD AND WATER DAMAGE FROM FLOOD RESPONSE

FLOOD RESPONSE - WATER DAMAGE AND MOLD HOW DO I PROPERLY CLEAN UP MY HOME IF IT HAS BEEN FLOODED OR HAS WATER DAMAGE? First, make sure electricity and natural gas or propane tanks are shut down. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that electricity and Mold Remediation MOLD AND WATER DAMAGE FROM FLOOD RESPONSE   read more..

Water Damage

Mold usually grows in extremely damp and humid areas such as basements and bathrooms. Mold Remediation Water Damage from the caulking around your bathtub or shower is very common problem. First, there are different kinds of caulking, the caulking needs to be a mold and mildew resistant type and there's no way to know  read more..

Black Mold And Asthma Attacks

Nocturnal asthma refers to asthma symptoms that seem worse in the middle of the night, typically between 2AM and 4AM. Interestingly, nocturnal asthma can affect someone with any type of asthma. Factors that can cause your asthma symptoms to worsen at night may include sinus infections or postna  read more..

Black Mold

Skin and Eye Protection Gloves are required to protect the skin from contact with mold allergens (and in some cases black mold toxins) Mold Remediation Black Mold and from potentially irritating cleaning solutions. Long gloves that extend to the middle of the forearm are recommended. The glove material shou  read more..

Mold Inspection

Health Concerns If building occupants are reporting serious health concerns, you should consult a health professional. In cases in which a particularly toxic mold species has been identified or is suspected, when extensive hidden mold is expected (such as behind vinyl wallpaper or in the HVAC s  read more..

Tenants Right About Mold In An Apartment

The meaning of mold sampling results that are in CFU/m2 and CFU/m3 Sampling results for viable (living) microorganisms are presented as concentrations, and the units used will vary depending on the sample collection methods. Air sampling results are reported as Mold Remediation Tenants Right About Mold In An Apartment colony-forming units pe  read more..

Mold Remediation From Colorado Flooding

Places that are often or always damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If there's some mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent mold from recurri  read more..

How To Clean Mold

Fungi and Bacteria in Ventilation Systems Fungi growing in ventilation systems may contaminate indoor environments and cause a variety of problems. Some fungi can cause lung infections. Many fungi can cause allergic reactions in susceptible people and respiratory irritation in non-allergic people.In  read more..

Mold Cleanup Procedures

MOLD/WATER DAMAGED MATERIALS Key Engineering Controls and Work Practices Discard all water-damaged materials, materials that are visibly coated with mold that cannot be properly cleaned, such as porous materials (e.g., carpeting, drywall, insulation), Mold Remediation Mold Cleanup Procedures and materials that have been  read more..

Structural Drying

If you have Mold Remediation Structural Drying in your office, in your home or maybe even in your car or your boat. You will first need to clean these areas thoroughly to remove any surface mold. Mold is a fungus that is reproduced by putting out spores that are lighter than air they will land and then begin to multiply.   read more..

Flood Damage

You come home and you hear water running and the first thing you think to yourself, ,"my basement has been flooded." Now, of course, having water in your basement is more than just a nuisance, it can be a health issue. Especially, if your basement includes finished living areas. When you have   read more..

Mold Mitigation Remediation

Testing is usually done to compare the levels and types of mold spores found inside the building with those found outside of the building or for comparison with another location in the building. In addition, Mold Remediation Mold Mitigation Remediation air sampling may provide tangible evidence supporting a hypothesis that inves  read more..

Toxic Mold

Mold gradually destroy the things they grow on. Prevent damage to building materials and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health risks by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure  read more..

Mold Spores

Mold Basics The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem. It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Why is mold growing in my home? Mold c  read more..

How To Get A House Tested For Mold

Preventing mold and bacterial growth in the building's ventilation system Ventilation systems should be checked regularly, particularly for damp filters and overall cleanliness (1). A preventive maintenance plan should be put into place for each major component of the building's ventilation system.   read more..

Mold Removal

Mold usually grows in extremely damp and humid areas such as basements and bathrooms. Mold Remediation Mold Removal from the caulking around your bathtub or shower is very common problem. First, there are different kinds of caulking, the caulking needs to be a mold and mildew resistant type and there's no way to know  read more..

Mold In Bathroom

Mold in bathrooms are fungi that can be found indoors and outdoors. These fungi thrive in environments that are warm, damp and humid. These mold in bathrooms spread and rep  read more..

The Average Cost For Mold Removal

Mold has become a major source of concern related to health in the indoor environment. Molds are an important part of the natural environment and have been around for a long time. They are classified as part of the kingdom fungi being neither plant nor animal but a little of both and their role is t  read more..

Black Mold Health Risks

Wet vacuums are vacuum cleaners designed to collect water. They can be used to remove water from floors, carpets, and hard surfaces where water has accumulated. They should not be used to vacuum porous materials, such as gypsum board. Wet vacuums should be used only on wet materials, Mold Remediation Black Mold Health Risks as sp  read more..

How To Remove Black Mold From Shower Walls

Molds are microscopic organisms that live on plant or animal matter. They aid in the break down of dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. Present virtually everywhere, they can be found growing on organic material such as soil, foods, and plant matter. In order to reproduce, mo  read more..

Cleaning Mold On Foundation Walls In A Basement

Concern about indoor exposure to mold has increased along with public awareness that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. This safety and health information bulletin provides recommendations for the prevention of mold growth and describes  read more..

How To Get Hold Of Black Mold

Molds are a normal part of the environment, and are naturally present in both indoor and outdoor environments year round. molds are fungi, with thousands of known species, and there aremold of virtually every color. molds produce tiny cells or "spores" that spread throughout the air. These spores  read more..

Mold In House

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Information About Mold

What are molds? Molds are microscopic organisms that live on plant or animal matter. They aid in the break down of dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. Present virtually everywhere, they can be found growing on organic material such as soil, foods, and plant matter. In order to re  read more..

Mold Resistant Drywall

Flood waters and water damage from this emergency will pose special problems for the thousands of people with existing lung disease and may increase the likelihood of the development of lung disease. Water damage from rains associated with Mold Remediation Mold Resistant Drywall a hurricane can pose risks to the public well  read more..