Any place we know is a possible victim of mold, but what is it? And how can we avoid it? First things first, we have to be aware of what is mold. Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. They can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. We are exposed to mold every day in small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. If you’re sensitive to mold and inhale a large number of spores, you could experience health problems. In American Loss Consultant, we are aware of the dangers of having mold in your business building, which is why we make an exhaustive search for the best professionals we can hire to help you with it, most of all for they don’t stat growing again. Before we move on there are a few things that are good to know about molds.
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
In American Loss Consultant we know how to choose the best expert in the field to help your situation, how do we know that the expert we are looking for really knows his job? Easy, any mold professional should be able to explain your mold removal project in plain English. If a contractor is unable to explain the basic processes and steps of mold remediation and mold removal in layman’s terms, be very wary! If someone tries to complicate and confuse you about the process and scare you into hiring them, walk away and say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” This is something that not everybody is comfortable doing, and we do that for you, we are the ones in charge of selecting the correct expert for your business.
What you can do until the experts arrive?
In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. In American Loss Consultant we go according to your emergency status and have the professionals in hand so there is no waist of precious time.
If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:
- Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
- Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
- A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Have hired American Loss Consultant for them to find your best expert choice.
What NOT to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
What is Black Mold?
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your business place should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
How can I tell that it is Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure.
Types of toxic molds
There are plenty types of mold in nature some are harmless and other are toxic, here is a small list of the toxic molds that you can find growing inside your business.
- Stachybotrys. Stachybotrysis otherwise known as black mold and is one of the more harmful toxic mold species. Black mold is usually found inside a house.
The mycotoxins that this species of mold produce can cause the lungs to bleed, which is fatal to animals and infants. The problem with black mold is that it’s hard to detect; it usually develops behind walls and under ceilings and is resistant to regular air sampling.
- Memnoniella. Memnoniella, also referred to as black mold, is similar to Stachybotrysand has the same effects. Memonielladiffers in that when viewed under a microscope, its spores are released in chains, whereas the spores that Stachybotrys releases are in clumps.
- Aspergillus. Aspergillusare gray or green flecks and appear on wooden surfaces. Aspergillus, with 20 species in total, is dangerous, because it will often cause allergies, leading to serious asthmatic reactions, hay fever or lung infections. Every Aspergillus species produces mycotoxins, which are a health hazard, especially for those individuals with compromised immune systems.
- Penicillum. There are many species of Penicillum– some beneficial and some harmful. Some species of Penicillum are used when producing cheese and medicine. Similar to other molds, Penicillium causes allergies, and it’s especially troublesome for people that already have a weak immune system.
- Alternaria. Alternariais one of the most prevalent toxic molds and includes many species.
Asthma and hay fever are among the conditions one might suffer or suffer worse from when he or she has inhaled Alternaria spores.
- Geotrichum. Geotrichum is white in color and usually appears powdery. It is known to spread pretty fast and is often associated with adverse health conditions such as tuberculosis and pulmonary infections.
Geotrichum breeds in moist conditions and temperate climate. Its spores can easily spread via air to new environments. It is an allergen that causes itchy eyes, fatigue, and sometimes chronic headaches.
- Trichoderma. Trichoderma is also white in color with green patches. It is an allergic type of mold that mostly thrive in moist areas. The mold has five different subspecies, most of which are non-pathogenic. However, some of the subspecies have been associated with liver and pulmonary infections.
Trichoderma contains a lethal enzyme, which can destroy such building materials as wood, textiles and paper products. This may lead to the crumbling of buildings when the materials rot.
- Chaetomium. Chaetomium is also allergic and is often found in a drywall that has previously been damaged by water. Its spores have been linked to autoimmune diseases, neurological damage and allergic reactions such as difficulty in breathing and red watery eyes.
It has a musty odor and flourishes in wet, dark environments such as under carpets, drywall, baseboards, and wallpapers. Chaetomium is often mistaken for the black mold as they have the same characteristics and exists in similar environments.
- Bipolaris. As it begins to grow, bipolaris is whitish or grayish brown in color, but gradually turns to dark olive as it ages. It looks soft and fluffy and usually grows outdoors on grasses and soil. It also thrives in water damaged materials such as carpets, hardwood floors, and houseplants.
The bipolaris grows rapidly and only takes about five days to mature. It is a well-known allergen and may cause asthma, wheezing, stuffy nose and coughing when its spores are inhaled.
- Ulocladium. Ulocladium is black in color and often found in wet areas and homes that have suffered water damage. This type of mold commonly grows in bathrooms, basements, and kitchens.
Ulocladium has two subspecies both of which are highly allergic. It is linked to severe allergic reactions such as hay fever and sometimes skin infections. Prolonged exposure to its spores causes difficulty in breathing and asthma-like symptoms.
American Loss Consultant assures that the expert we hire are totally aware of the dangers of these kinds of molds as well as the difference from the harmless and the toxic ones so you don’t have to alarm for it.