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Things You Should Know
Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation). Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present.
Some of the more harardous types of mold are listed in this colum, If you were exposed to these molds long term could cause unwanted health problems. The worst one to date is stachybotrys, runners up Aspergillus, Penicillum, Cladosporium, Altermaria, Chaetomium, Acremonium, Fusarium, these are some of the molds we call unhealhty molds. Other molds may be added to this list in the future as we become aware of the health issues they may impose. Mold can grow on water danaged materials like ceiling tiles,insulation,wallpaper,wood,sheet rock, and can be found in dust from contaminated building materials. If you see a substance that you think might be mold, or smell a musty odor and think it might be mold. We can help call 770-497-8875 to get your appointment for a substance or a air quality mold test.
Introduction to Molds
Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds 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. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture Asthma certin Molds can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive individuals with asthma. People with asthma should avoid contact with or exposure to mold.