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Mold issues can present a major health hazard. There are many types of mold as we’ve detailed below, but the upside is that all molds in the home are treated with the same methods of removal. However, if you suspect you have a mold problem in your home, you should act quickly to take care of the problem and call a mold removal/remediation service.
There are a few types of mold that present health risks to homeowners and residents. These molds produce a certain kind of chemical called a mycotoxin. These molds generally do not cause unique or rare health conditions, though this can be a risk in some situations.
Molds produce mycotoxins in certain conditions, including the surface on which the mold grows, the local temperature, pH levels, humidity, and similar conditions. If a mold dries out, spores can become airborne and present an even greater health risk.
The two most well-known toxic molds are Aspergillus versicolor and Stachybotrys atra. However, these molds are fairly rare, and almost any mold can cause health issues if not treated.
Fortunately, levels of this mold tend towards the low side, and it is generally at higher levels that health issues occur. These include rashes, sinus issues, eye irritation, and respiratory ailments. Fatigue and lack of concentration can also result from exposure.
While many molds around the home are black, Stachybotrys tends to be microscopic and difficult to detect.
Aspergillus versicolor, is found the world over and has a musty odor. It forms in high moisture areas and exposure carries similar symptoms to Stachybotrys. It can grow on walls, fabric, PVC, and even in HVAC insulations and fans. Since there are many types of Aspergillus mold, it can be hard to identify by an untrained eye.
Detection and Control
According to the Florida Department of Health, it is not recommended to try to take mold samples yourself. Call a qualified mold removal service as their professionals are trained to treat, remove, and handle mold issues safely.
You can clean small, visible outbreaks by using mildew removal products, but make sure you wear goggles, gloves, and possibly a mask to protect from breathing in spores. If you have large outbreaks, or the mold returns, call a professional immediately.
Controlling mold is generally a matter of controlling moisture in the home. The better you can control moisture, the better you can control mold.
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