Mold Can Bring On Cases Of Asthma
Currently there are ongoing studies with regard to the impact mold has on the human body. Most logic would suggest, however that mold can not be good for human health. Household mold has been show in a medical sense to cause sickness to varying degrees and levels. In fact, mounting evidence suggests that mold does irritate asthma in those with a diagnosed case, while it has even been suggested that mold can bring on cases of asthma that would not have otherwise occurred. From nausea to headaches and fatigue, the incidence of a full range of disorders increases with prolonged exposure to mold. Young people and elderly people are especially prone to contracting illnesses because of mold exposure.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Be Associated With Ongoing Exposure To Mold
Because mold spores are introduced into the body via the lungs, respiratory conditions are common. Some studies have also suggested that chronic fatigue syndrome may be associated with ongoing exposure to mold. The primary types of mold include penicillium and aspergillus. Other kinds of mold like the type you see growing in your bath tube or shower is generally harmless. One of the best ways to stay proactive with regard to mold is to have air ducting and air vents cleaned by a professional air duct cleaning service at least once per year. Enviro Care Pros is a leader in air duct cleaning and can provide a free estimate when you are ready to have the ducts in your home professionally cleaned. Stay one step ahead of mold and have your ducts cleaned regularly.
No one can anticipate a flash flood, storm or a burst pipe, worst off are the damages left behind by the water. If not recovered rapidly water damage may result in rapid mold growth that will require professional mold removal. Water will go in to all building materials if you let it. After working as a specialist at EnviroCare Water Damage Restoration for over 10 years, I’ve learned water has a mind of its own and even after so long in the water damage industry, water still manage to surprise me.
Removing Black Mold Safely
If you have black mold growth, you will need to take steps to remove it ASAP. The EPA has issued new guidelines for “do it yourself ” mold removal projects if you want to take the risk of exposing yourself or others to toxic molds. The guidelines for professional mold removal companies, devised by the IICRC, are much stricter to ensure minimal exposure to mold toxins. A safe mold removal project should include:
- Careful removal of infected building materials
- Creating barriers to prevent contamination
- HEPA Filtration to purify the air
- Moisture detection & monitoring
- Mold Testing
- Mold cleanup, treatment & prevention
EnviroCare is obligated to follow the IICRC S500 and S520 standards for water damage and mold remediation. Following those standards ensures the safety of the occupants dwelling in the property and prevents re-occurrence of mold growth.
Removing Black Mold
A lot of people ask me, how do I remove Black Mold? Well, the answer is you don’t! In most cases, Black Mold is very hard to remove without harming yourself and those around you! The better way is to call a professional that can remove mold safely and without cross contaminating your environment.
The problem with removing black mold is dealing with microscopic contaminates that if in-hailed could cause allergic reactions at best, and a toxic inflammation or worst. Controlling microscopic spores is hard and could prove to be very complicated. Professional restoration companies like EnviroCare use heavy duty air movers to create Negative Air pressure in the affected area to prevent cross contamination, as an extra precaution, a professional will create a barrier between the contaminate area and clean areas, again, to prevent contamination.
In every mold removal project you must use protective equipment. The EPA and CDC recommend using a respirator of N95 rating or higher. For best protection in toxic mold removal projects, please use a P100 respirator and a full HASMAT suit including the hood. Remember, black mold is invisible and will attach it self to your cloths or hair, if not taking the right safety precautions, you will contaminate your home with black mold spores that will colonize and become a problem.