Molds are a natural part of our outdoor environment. They play an important role in breaking down organic matter and exist in a number of varieties. However, indoor growth is not a positive development. Concern about molds has increased with public awareness that exposure can cause a variety of health problems, including allergic reactions. With public awareness of its potential hazards, there is increasing demand for black mold removal.
As the death of actress Brittany Murphy revealed this fungus can kill. In the case of the deaths of both herself and her husband, fungal growth in their home caused respiratory failure. The general public is unaware there are thousands of varieties. But, only about ten types cause health problems, such as sinusitis, bronchitis, other respiratory conditions and allergies.
The most common places for fungal growth in buildings are wallpaper, flooring, behind wall tiles and on window frames. It can form in any poorly ventilated structure. It is especially likely where there is moisture leakage. Even a small leak can be enough to create the condition that supports the growth of this fungus.
Normally the immune system detects the spores and helps you to get rid of them by coughing or sneezing. But, for those with vulnerable immune systems spores take hold and begin to germinate within their body, usually in the lung tissue. Those most at risk for health problems are babies and young children, the elderly and those who are in poor health.
This type of fungus forms anywhere there is an adequate food supply and moisture. Typical places in the home is the bathroom, the kitchens and near the washing machine. Also, the moist soil of potted plants is another location. Flooding is likely to lead to its development. If it grows quickly, the evidence will be visible in months. But, it can also take years to form stealthily before it is noticed.
Breathing in spores can cause an infection, which usually strikes people with a weakened immune system. It is opportunistic and can spread quickly inside the body, stopping the organs from working properly. So, it can be fatal. It can also cause allergic reactions, including the development of asthma. This is a response of the immune system to the spores as they make their way into the respiratory system. Health symptoms include constant coughing and constant tiredness, eye and throat irritations, headaches, skin irritation or nausea.
The fungus needs only the right temperature, moisture and an organic food source to multiply. There is plenty of appropriate material in buildings which is suitable for reproduction. Synthetic materials can not host the mold. But any organic debris that lands on synthetics such as dead skin, dust or oils is a nutrient.
Black mold removal specialists are experienced in remediation, mildew removal, and water damage prevention. They use special equipment and follow industry guidelines. They follow a certain process for mold inspections. Technicians usually begin by performing a complete diagnostic assessment of the problem area. They take samples and use infrared cameras to evaluate the source of moisture intrusions or condensation to determine the source of growth. This is an important step as it is necessary to correct any source of moisture intrusion, to remove this problem. The samples are then tested and a mold report is prepared detailing the technical findings of the technicians. The client will be advised of the process recommended for the removal of the problem and the prevention of its recurrence.