What is mold?
Mold is a fungus with over 1000 different varieties identified in the south. Mold requires moisture, heat and organic materials to grow. Molds also digest or “eat” the material they are growing on. The role of mold is to break down decaying organic matter such as dead plants, leaves or dead animals. Mold does not survive in high heat or sunlight.
Buildings can host a variety of fungi and bacteria as a result of faulty building construction including inappropriate ventilation, moisture intrusion, flat roofs, faulty construction of crawl spaces and incomplete basements exposed to saturated ground water conditions
How can it harm us?
Not all “black mold” produce toxins but those such as stachybotrys can cause serious symptoms and health problems such as mental impairment, breathing problems, and damage to internal organs. The main groups of symptoms toxic black mold may cause are:
- Respiratory symptoms
- Circulatory symptoms
- Vision and eye problems
- Skin problems
- Immune system problems
- Reproduction system problems
- Tiredness and discomfort
- Mental and neurological symptoms
How to detect mold:
- Musty odor
- Spore trap
- Swab/Tape testing
- Air monitoring
Who should you call to clean it?
If you think you may have toxic black mold in your home don’t disturb it. If toxic black mold is harmed or disturbed it can release millions of mycotoxins into the air, contaminating your home. Instead, you should talk to a toxic black mold removal service as soon as possible, as it is extremely risky to try to kill or remove toxic black mold yourself. Mold that is toxic should really only be removed by a professional mold removal service experienced in removing toxic black mold.
A licensed mold remediator is also required for HVAC cleaning. Small home jobs can be done by the home owner, however, testing is recommended prior to disturbing mold suspect areas to ensure the mold you are dealing with is not toxic. A respirator, goggles and gloves should be worn for protection when disturbing mold of any kind, especially, if you have allergies or respiratory illness.
Prevention and Cleanup tips:
- Keep indoor humidity level at about 45%.
- Repair areas of moisture intrusion
- Check for mold in ceiling vents, bathrooms, under sinks and in crawl spaces as a part of your regular maintenance schedule.
After repair of moisture intruded areas, clean all surfaces around affected area with a FUNGACIDE cleaner, (NOT bleach), apply a preventative, dry thoroughly prior to installing construction.
What can QRI do for you?
QRI has licensed Mold Inspectors on hand. They are trained in assessing, testing and remediating mold damage. We also have Certified Infrared Thermographers that use our FLIR T640 camera to detect mold damage not visible to the eye.
Call 800.889.5378 for an estimate.