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Why Test For Mold?
The purpose of a mold test is to determine the presence of mold spores
in an indoor environment, mold is all around us, some good some bad.
our mold testing will determine what kind of mold genus were found,
the amounts found in the air or a surface and if the amount of spores
found are normal for that environment or elevated. Another purpose of a mold test
is to determine the cause of the indoor air quality problem and the solution.
BEFORE REMOVING MOLD YOU MUST KNOW WHAT
GENUS IS PRESENT TO PROPERLY REMEDIATE IT!
Every Genus of Mold has a Specific protocol for Removal!
Our professional Michigan mold removal experts here at Select Restoration will help you
understand and help you to analyze any mold problems you may have, then provide solutions to guide you
in correcting them. Mold is not only ugly and unsightly when seen, it can also adversely effect the
air quality in your home. Air quality and the health of you and your family go hand-in-hand.
The mayo clinic reports that there are over 150 different mold spores that can be the cause
of problems as simple constant throat tickle, sniffles, or, go as far as asthma and pneumonia.
Let's keep your family safe; so let's learn more. Where is mold come found and what causes it?
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Mold, in a house, is most often found on walls, floors, ceilings, counter tops,
and carpets exposed to moisture. These microscopic spores can be
hidden inside a wall, behind a tub surround, even under a kitchen sink.
One particularly troublesome hiding place is inside the duct
work and associated components of central
forced-air heating and air-conditioning systems.
Mold needs moisture, oxygen, a food source and a surface to grow.
A mold spore in search of a home can come by those essentials relatively easily.
If you don't see the mold itself, but suspect a problem, inspect the
insulation in the walls, ceilings, and baseboards. This is where
mold creates its ideal incubator. Determining that mold exists in
interior wall cavities, however, requires more work. As does the
testing of the air quality in your home for your families safety.
Stachybotrys or Black Mold
Aspergillus is the most common genus of fungi in our environment with more than 160
different species of mold. Sixteen of these species have been documented as causing
human disease.Aspergillosis is now the 2nd most common fungal infection requiring
hospitalization in the United States. Aspergillus fumigatus. The most encountered
species causing infection. It is seen abundantly in decomposing organic material,
such as self-heating compost piles, since it readily grows at temperatures up to 55 C.
People who handle contaminated material often develop hypersensitivity to the spores
of Aspergillus and may suffer severe allergic reactions upon exposure. Aspergillus flavus.
The 2nd most encountered fungi in cases of Aspergillus infection. It is also known to
produce the mycotoxin aflatoxin, one of the most potent carcinogens known to man.
In the 1960s, 100,000 turkey poults in Great Britain died from ingesting contaminated feed.
Most countries have established levels for aflatoxin in food. However, the risks associated
with airborne exposure are not adequately studied and no exposure standards exist.
Aspergillus niger. The 3rd most common Aspergillus fungi associated with disease and
the most common of any Aspergillus species in nature due to it's ability to grow on a
wide variety of substrates. This species may cause a 'fungal ball', which is a condition
where the fungus actively proliferates in the human lung, forming a ball. It does
so without invading the lung tissue.
These fungi are commonly found in soil, food, cellulose, grains, paint, carpet, wallpaper,
interior fiberglass duct insulation, and decaying vegetation. Penicillium may cause hypersensitivity
pneumonitis, asthma, and allergic alveolitis in susceptible individuals. The genus Penicillium
has several species. The most common ones include Penicillium chrysogenum, Penicillium citrinum,
Penicillium janthinellum, Penicillium marneffei, and Penicillium purpurogenum. This fungi
has been isolated from patients with keratitis, ear infections, pneumonia, endocarditis, peritonitis,
and urinary tract infections. Penicillium infections are most commonly exhibited in immunosuppressed
individuals. For example, P. marneffei is a fungus abundant in Southeast Asia that typically infects
patients with AIDS in this area. Infection with P.marneffei is acquired via inhalation and
initially results in a pulmonary infection and then spreads to other areas of the body (lymphatic system,
liver, spleen, and bones), and is often fatal. An indication of infection is the appearance of
papules that resemble acne on the face, trunk, and extremities. Penicillim spp. do have
the ability to produce mycotoxins. The mycotoxin known as Ochratoxin A, which is nephrotoxic
and carcinogenic, may be produced by Penicillium verrucosum. Verrucosidin is another
mycotoxin produced by this fungus that exhibits neurotoxity. Penicillic acid is another
mycotoxin that is nephrotoxic (causes kidney and liver damage).
Dangerous Mold Could Be Hiding Behind Your Walls....
WHAT ARE MOLDS?
Molds are simple, microscopic organisms, present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Molds, along with mushrooms and yeasts, are fungi and are needed to break down dead
material and recycle nutrients in the environment. For molds to grow and reproduce,
they need only a food source – any organic material, such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt—
and moisture. Because molds grow by digesting the organic material, they gradually destroy
whatever they grow on. Sometimes, new molds grow on old mold colonies. Mold growth
on surfaces can often be seen in the form of discoloration, frequently green, gray, brown,
or black but also white and other colors. Molds release countless tiny, lightweight spores,
which travel through the air.
Mold is a dangerous and foul thing and a huge health issue—it infests your home
without you even knowing it’s there, growing in your walls and ceilings, sometimes
causing serious respiratory issues and other health problems for you and your family.
Some molds are non-toxic, but the toxic varieties of mold can cause problems from aches
and pains and sore throats to bleeding in your lungs, tremors, and severe vomiting.
Good molds and bad molds are found virtually everywhere! In indoor and outdoor
environments year round mold enters homes through windows, doors, cracks, and vents.
The US government estimates that Americans are exposed to over 200 different
types of mold on a daily basis. It is a living organism that generally lives and
thrives where moisture is present, in the absence of circulating air.
When left untended, mold can cause much damage. Mold, mildew and fungus
pose three great risks:
1- They can lead to excess of wood damage. Like termites, certain types of mold
and fungus are able to turn cellulose material (stuff made of wood or wood
by-products) to food and in the process, weaken and destroy the structural
integrity of the home.
2- Mold and fungus released spores, which are their way of reproducing.
These spores float around in the air of the home and pose inhalation risks
to those living in the home. These spores are considered to be a major allergen
and rank with pollen as a main source of contaminants for allergy sufferers.
3- Some types of molds and fungus released highly toxic "mycotoxins"
which are byproducts that develop and then released during growth.
These mycotoxins can cause severe adverse health problems for many people.
In short, mold should not be permitted to grow and multiply indoors.
When this happens, health problems can occur and building materials,
goods, and furnishings may be damaged.
Mold Removal - Mold Inspection - Mold Testing - Mold Remediation
MOLD INSPECTION: A general mold inspection is a visual examination of a home or
building's environmental condition to determine if your property has mold
or the potential to grow mold in the future.
MOLD TESTING: Testing can also be referred to as sampling. Here, the inspector takes a s
ample of the mold infested area and properly prepares it for identification with an
accredited lab. This includes properly sealing, labeling, packaging and shipping
the samples to the lab. The lab typically receives the samples within 24 hours and
processes them according to the request of the client.
MOLD REMEDIATITION: Remediation is a process by which mold problems are corrected.
Select Restoration provides remediation services, taking all the necessary
precautions to ensure each room is properly contained so cross-contamination does not occur.
Cross-contamination is when an infected room contaminates another area.
This can happen when the infected room is not properly contained, allowing
airborne mold spores to contaminate the other areas.
MOLD DAMAGE RECONSTRUCTION SERVICES:Select Restoration is a full service,
Certified licensed firm that can rebuild your property back to pre-loss condition
after the mold remediation process. Once the mold and the damage
that the mold caused is removed repairs can begin.
While mold needs only water, food, and the right temperature to begin growing, the following
characteristics can influence growth:
1- Relative humidity of approximately 50% or higher
How mold grows
Like all living things, mold spores need certain conditions to reproduce and grow. Molds need water, food, and the right temperature range. Mold grows better in a dark environment and with an organic porous material to grow on. Such material often provides a source of both food and water.