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MOLD

Mold is part of the natural environment.  Mold reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet.

 

Over the last decade, human exposure to mold has been has become an increasing concern. While research on mold and health effects is ongoing, it is known that mold has the potential to cause health problems. Mold produces allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Mold can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. It should be noted that dead mold may still cause allergic reactions in some people, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed.

 

 

When moisture problems occur and mold growth results, building occupants may begin to report odors and a variety of health problems, such as headaches, breathing difficulties, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and aggravation of asthma symptoms; all of these symptoms could potentially be associated with mold exposure.

 

 

All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxins that may cause reactions in humans. The types and severity of symptoms depend, in part, on the types of mold present, the extent of an individual's exposure, the ages of the individuals, and their existing sensitivities or allergies.

Mold refers to a type of mold which is a slimy, greenish black growth and can be the cause of many serious health problems. This mold prefers to grow on wet or damp materials with a high cellulose content such as sheet rock, ceiling materials, and wood. Black mold is also known as Strachoybotrys chartarum and has been linked closely to cases of respiratory bleeding, while increasing risk of developing asthma and bronchitis. There is further evidence to support a greater risk for infants who have been exposed to Strachoybotrys chartarum for long periods of time.

WHAT WE DO

Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Infinity Environmental Services LLC can provide the required inspections/surveys required to detect the presence of mold.  These include visual assessments of materials, including their condition.  If necessary, samples (e.g. air sample, surface tape lift, swab, and bulk) are collected using standard industry practices for mold. Upon completion of the inspection/survey, the materials and/or air samples are evaluated and appropriate recommendations are included within a written report. We can also provide a scope of work plan outlining the proper procedures for the remediation of the area or areas to be remediated.

 

 

 

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