Do you or your family have any of the symptoms or health problems listed below? If so, they could be caused by mold.
- Itching or irritation of the nose, eyes, throat and skin
- Skin Rash
- Sinus Infections or congestion/runny nose
- Sneezing / coughing
- Upper or lower respiratory infections
- Frequent headaches
- Trouble concentrating, memory lapses, confusion
- Mood swings, anxiety, depression
- Chronic aches and pains
- Digestive problems
- Long term memory loss
What is Remediation?
Remediation is the process of cleaning the mold and eliminating the moisture problem. This process is determined by the size of the remediation and whether occupants are experiencing any adverse symptoms that may be related to the mold. Since mold, destroys the surface materials it is on, remediation can preserve the structural integrity of the building. Failure to address a mold problem ultimately can result in high replacement and rebuild costs.
Why Does Mold Need to Be Remediated?
- To reduce or prevent adverse health problems
- To preserve the integrity of the structure
- To avoid high replacement costs if addressed early on
- To retain the beauty and cosmetic appeal of the structure
- To be able to utilize the room(s) once again
- To preserve resale value of the property
Where is Mold Commonly Located?
- Basements near walls that have seepage problems
- On attic walls, insulation, and ceilings near roof leaks
- On and around wooden joists near pipe condensation
- Under or around leaking air conditioning units
- Near broken windows or broken window frames
- Underneath wallpaper in poorly insulated/paneled areas
- Near foundation cracks
- On and around faulty external vents
- Under linoleum near a sink leak
- Under leaky sinks
- On and around building infestation problems
- On the underside of moist carpeting
- Under wall paneling
- Under wallpaper
- Behind wallboard
- Wet papers
- On anything that contains cellulose, a food source for mold
- Many more sources
Mold growth indoors may not always be in plain view. If a building smells moldy but you cannot see the source, or if you know there as been water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems, there may be hidden mold.
Mold can be hidden in the following locations:
- The back side of dry wall, wallpaper or paneling
- The top of ceiling tiles, and the underside of carpets and pads etc.
- Pie cases and utility tunnels
- Walls behind furniture
- Condensate drain pans inside air handling units
- Porous thermal or acoustic liners inside ductwork, or roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
- Materials such as dry wall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling can act as vapor barriers which trap moisture underneath and provide a moist environment for mold.
- Behind wallpaper
- Basement walls
What Are the Major Types of Mold?
- Stachybotrys is one member of a group of molds. These molds produce airborne toxins. These molds can cause breathing difficulties, dizziness, memory and hearing loss, and flulike symptoms.
- Cladosporium and Penicillium are more commonly found molds but these molds can cause allergic reactions, asthma, breathing problems, sinus infections, headaches, coughing and eye and throat irritation.
- Memnoniella and Aspergillus versicolor are two types of mold that can produce airborne toxins. They produce mycotoxins and can cause even worse problems. These problems are chronic fatigue, loss of balance and memory, irritability and difficulty speaking.