Mold in the Home.
The uninformed may wonder if they have mold in their home; the answer is yes. Mold spores are truly ubiquitous. Indeed, some people may think if they have a moisture problem or water leak in their homes, they must get unlucky to have mold land on the wood, insulation, or any other number organic substances. Truth be known, if you add water to these substances, chances are overwhelming that will mold will eventually begin to grow. Thus, mold remediation ALWAYS involves not only removing the mold, but eliminating the source of the water or moisture.
Mold is a Common Health Problem.
The immediate risk of mold exposure, while present, has certainly been exaggerated in the media. At the same time, academic suppositions about the general health effects of prolonged exposure to mold is probably underestimated, and almost certainly has been underestimated in the past. A 1999 Mayo Clinic study found that 93 percent of chronic sinusitis cases are attributable to mold, a figure previously estimated at 6 to 7 percent. Headaches, sinus problems, sore throats, and other common respiratory symptoms can be caused by dozens of things, but mold—even indoor mold—may be just as likely as the next culprit.
The label “toxic mold” is misleading. Mold is not in itself toxic, although some molds produce mycotoxins that have the toxic effects attributed to mold. Plus, it’s extremely rare to find the more aggressive forms of toxic mold, and even these forms of mold are generally only life-threatening to infants, the elderly, or the infirm. Worse yet, you can’t simply point to specific molds as the “dangerous” kind or the “harmless” kind. While mycotoxins are almost universally toxic, other molds are allergenic and still others are pathogenic. Needless to say, mold allergies aren’t exactly rare. In fact, someone with a severe mold allergy may be worse off being exposed to an allergenic mold, than a healthy person would be after being exposed to a “toxic mold.” Meanwhile, pathogenic molds can wreak similar havoc as toxic molds for people who have weakened immune systems.
We also inspect for lead and asbestos.
We adhere strictly to the Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants. If you need a remediation specialist, we will be happy to recommend one.