About Mold

Mold

MoldMany types of mold/fungi genera and species co-exist with human contact in our natural environment. Many of the medically significant fungi which has been found to cause ill side effects are associated with a handful which are most commonly found where water or high relative humidity grow on organic matter. Some of these molds which are self generated indoors and not in our normal environment contain mycotoxins or toxins in their live, dead and dormant state. One example of a more popular known fungi species is found below. Even though described as the black mold fungi changes its appearance and color during its stages of life and can sometimes identification can be mistaken when based merely on color.

The Black Mold (Stachybotrys Chartarum)

RaftersStachybotrys Chartarum is a greenish-black toxic mold that colonizes particularly well in high-cellulose material, such as straw, hay, wet leaves, dry wall, carpet, wallpaper, fiber-board, ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, etc. Stachybotrys, before drying, is wet and slightly slimy to touch. There are about 15 species of Stachybotrys known throughout the world. This toxic mold grows in areas where the relative humidity is above 55%. This type of mold does not grow on plastic, vinyl, concrete products or ceramic tiles. It is not found in the green mold on bread or the black mold on shower tiles.

Stachybotrys produces a mycotoxin that causes human mycotoxicosis. This type of mold is thought to be a possible cause of the "sick building syndrome." Children's exposure to Stachybotrys spores are thought most likely to cause allergenic, neurological and pulmonary Histoplasmosis.

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Mold Can be Found in Many Areas of Your Home

  • Attic
  • Bathrooms
  • Living Room
  • Carpets
  • (HVAC) Ventilation Systems
  • Basement
  • Bedrooms
  • Garage
  • Kitchen
  • Any Moist Area

The following are sources of indoor moisture that may cause mold problems in your home or office; flooding, leaky roofs, humidifiers, damp basements or crawl spaces, constant plumbing leaks, house plants, steam from cooking, shower/bath steam and leaks, wet clothes, and clothes dryers vented indoors.

What is Mold and Where is it Found?

Mold is a microscopic organism, found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves and other organic material. Also susceptible to mold growth are cellulose materials, such as cardboard, paper, ceiling tiles and sheet rock. Mold spores are easily detached and made airborne by vacuuming, walking on a carpet, or sitting on a couch. In indoor environments, mold can grow in air conditioning ducts, carpets, pots of houseplants, etc.

Personal Questionnaire and Investigation List

Please check if you have any of the following in your home or office:

  1. Discoloration or mold on baseboards, wallboards, or wallpaper
  2. Cracks in shower tile, lack of caulking, a loose toilet seal, leaks under sink
  3. Carpet and padding in direct contact with concrete slab
  4. Poorly maintained or dirty air conditioning/heating vents and filters
  5. Damp basement or crawl space
  6. Water penetration (water marks on walls, mold spots on walls)
  7. Musty/moldy odor


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