Mold in a Residence

An Inside Look at Mold Issues in Homes Fungi include yeast, mold, mildew and mushrooms. Fungi grow over a wide range of environmental niches and are able to colonize on any surface, provided moisture is present. Spores are very lightweight and are easily dispersed in air. Every home is subject to moisture problems, either due …

Mold FAQs

Toxic Mold & Black Mold What is “black mold” or “toxic mold”? You have probably heard a great deal about black mold or toxic mold. It is usually associated with Stachybotrys, a black mold that is often found after there has been persistent water damage. The known health effects from exposure to Stachybotrys are similar …

Mold Allergies & Health Affects

In what ways can I be exposed to mold? When moldy materials becomes damaged or disturbed, spores are released into the air. Exposure can occur if you inhale the spores, directly handle moldy materials, or accidentally ingest the mold. Certain molds produce chemicals called mycotoxins (myco = fungus, toxin = harmful or poisonous substance) and …

Mold Descriptions

Absidia sp. A zygomycete fungus which is considered common to the indoor environment. Reported to be allergenic. May cause mucorosis in immune compromised individuals. The sites of infection are the lung, nasal sinus, brain, eye, and skin. Infection may have multiple sites. Absidia cormbifera has been an invasive infection agent in AIDS and neutropenic patients, …

Homeowners Insurance Coverage For Mold

What should I know about mold and home owners insurance? Insurers are dropping homeowners and raising rates. During the early ’90s, average premiums were flat at about $420/yr, and then rose at the rate of infla­tion. That changed in 2001 when rates shot up and insurers began scrutinizing credit ratings and houses’ histories. Poor credit …

Does Bleach Kill Mold?

The Effectiveness of Chlorine Bleach in Fighting Mold When faced with mold, many home and business owners are directed to use chlorine bleach to kill and destroy the unsightly problem.  However, what many people don’t know is that bleach is actually very ineffective against fighting mold growth.  There are many reasons why chlorine bleach is …

Bleach Myth

The Myth. A myth exists concerning the use and “effectiveness” of chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite) in the remediation of a mold problem. Mold remediation involves the removal and/or clean up and restoration of mold contaminated building materials. Opposing Views and Confusion. Chlorine bleach, commonly referred to as laundry bleach, is generally perceived to be an …

Basement Mold

After my basement flooded, the carpet was removed, but I still smell a musty odor. Why? If moisture remained on materials in the basement for a sufficient amount of time, the materials, such as sheetrock, insulation, cardboard boxes, walls studs, paneling, etc., molds will continue to grow and produce the volatile organics or the mold …

Attic Mold

My attic sheathing is black with mold. Do I need a new roof or what should I do? It depends on how extensive the mold is, and sometimes on what you are willing to pay for. Often times the mold is just in a few areas, requiring limited material replacement, or just cleaning. Obviously, any …