Mold is everywhere. We live with it, we breath it in, it grows everywhere. So what is the hype all about?
There are many types of Mold. Some have not been known to cause any health issues in humans, while others produce toxins that are harmful if breathed in, or allowed into the bloodstream. The most commonly found toxic mold is Stachybotrys, A.K.A. "Black Mold". While Stachybotrys is commonly black, not all black mold is Stachybotrys. There are many other types of Mold that can also be black, such as Hyphae and Aspergilis.
Common Symptoms of Mold Toxicity can be: "Hay Fever"-Type Allergies, Flu-Like Symptoms, Nausea, Headaches, Cold-Like Symptoms, and more. If you have persistent symptoms such as these, we can recommend the following actions to determine whether Mold might be the cause:
1) Spend a week away from the possible affected building. (This might mean that you spend the week at a friend's home.)
If the Symptoms seem to have cleared up, go to step 2...
2) Upon arriving back at the building, do you notice any musty odors? Do the symptoms return?
If you answered yes to either question, you may have a Mold or Allergen Problem.
If you believe that you have a mold or allergen problem, give us a call. Our Certified Mold Inspectors will collect outside air samples, inside air samples, and surface samples of any visible growth, to a lab to be analyzed. If there is no visible evidence of growth, our mold inspectors may recommend additional air samples to be taken. Results are typically received within 3-5 business days, upon which our Mold Inspectors will write a report, based on the Lab Results, and recommend Remediation by a Licensed Remediation Contractor if necessary.
Ultimately, if any Mold is determined to be present, you will need to consult with your physician to determine whether or not the Mold found is harmful to you.