What is mold?
Mold is a form of fungi that is found naturally in the environment. Mold is in the soil, and on dead and decaying matter. Outdoors, mold plays a key role in the breakdown of leaves, wood and other plant debris. Mold comes in a variety of colors, including green, black, white, brown and orange. Mold can appear fuzzy or in slimy streaks. There is often a musty or earthy odor around mold.
What Causes Mold to Grow Inside Home?
Mold makes tiny spores to reproduce. Indoors, these mold spores move through the air and settle on surfaces. When mold spores land on a damp/wet spot, they can begin to grow and multiply. Mold needs moisture and a food source. Good food sources for mold are cloth, wood, wallboard and insulation, but mold can grow on almost anything (i.e. perimeter walls, basements, ceilings, doors, carpet). Water or moisture is the factor that accelerates mold growth. When there is a wet surface or material that is not dried or discarded promptly, mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours in the area.
How Does Mold Affect Your Health
Mold produces spores, which are invisible and small enough to travel through the air and into your lungs. You can also be exposed to mold by skin contact. The most common health problems from mold are allergy symptoms, including: Runny nose, scratchy throat, itchy eyes, sneezing, in more severe cases, wheezing and coughing, and in rare cases, mold infections in the lung. Although some mold can produce toxins under certain conditions, research so far has not shown what levels can clearly cause serious health effects from indoor air exposure. If you can see visible mold or suspect you have an indoor air quality problem, contact Master Repair Company. We can perform an in-home inspection.
What is Aspergillus?
Aspergillus is a fungus whose spores are present in the air we breathe, but does not normally cause illness. However an individual with a weakened immune status may be susceptible to aspergillus infection.
Aspergillosis is a group of diseases which can result from aspergillus infection and includes invasive aspergillosis, ABPA, CPA and aspergilloma. Some asthma patients with very severe asthma may also be sensitised to fungi like aspergillus (SAFS). There is a section devoted to the needs of patients, friends and family suffering from the effects of Aspergillosis.
- Aspergillosis may affect patients whose immune system may be compromised – including those with leukaemia, chemotherapy patients or those on steroids, transplant patients, cystic fibrosis, HIV or AIDS, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), severe asthma with fungal sensitivity (SAFS) and many others.
- Aspergillus does not solely affect humans; birds and animals can also develop aspergillosis, and some plant diseases and food spoilage may be due to aspergillus infection. Visit LIFE- worldwide for information on other types of fungal infections.
- Risk factors?
Sources of increased risk include dirty air conditioning units, compost heaps and damp or flood-damaged housing, all of which can yield higher numbers of aspergillus spores. But immune suppression of an individual is the most important factor.
The Mold Removal Process!
Depending on the severity of mold, just simply applying bleach will not kill the mold spores. Remember… they are airborne. The area will need to be sealed off (encapsulated), this includes any air ducts, etc. within the area. The mold will be scraped and then removed with a HEPA vacuum (to safely remove mold spores). Anti-microbial will be applied to the effected and surrounding areas. The area(s) will be allowed to thoroughly dry. This process may take 3 or more days to complete.