Is Mold Toxic for Your Health?

 

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It’s obvious to most that mold is dangerous for your health. There are so many articles circulating on the Internet nowadays from professionals that describe the vast array of problems that arise from mold exposure. So, what’s the best way to protect yourself? Get rid of the mold. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that you’ve been exposed to mold in your home or workplace.

Mold is Fungus

An important thing to know about mold is that it is a type of fungus. This means that it grows in warm and damp environments. It spreads by spores that travel through the air. If you are in the presence of mold there is a good chance that you will inhale mold spores without even realizing it. The people who are most commonly affected are the elderly and pregnant.

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People that are exposed to mold usually exhibit allergic symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:

Runny Nose
Coughing
Wheezing
Itchy Skin
Headache
Depression
Fatigue
Asthma

Fungal Infection

Another type of illness caused by mold is mycosis. This is an infection that occurs in your sinuses or digestive tract and is extremely dangerous for those with weakened immune systems. It is important that if you suspect that you have an infection due to mold or any other reason that you seek medical help immediately.

Mycotoxins

Mold is known to give off a toxic compound known as mycotoxin. People or animals that are exposed to high levels of these toxins over time will experience the effects of mycotoxin toxicity. This can weaken the immune system and even cause death in some cases. Look for symptoms such as shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, and nose bleeds.

Mold Removal

If you suspect that you have mold in your home it is important that you contact professionals to diagnose and treat the situation. They will know exactly where to look and how to chemically treat and repair the mold infestation so that it does not return. Water Damage Zone is one of the companies that has extensive experience with mold eradication and we take our job very seriously. Do not hesitate to give us a call to inspect your home if you believe that you have a mold problem.

 

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Different Types of Mold in Homes

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Mold comes in many forms and this can be hard when it comes to diagnosing which kind you have. All mold is bad for you and besides being ugly to look at, it can also cause many different health issues in those who are living in the home. One of the first things to check for is a musty smell, if this is present then you most definitely have a mold issue to consider.

Alternaria

This type of mold likes to grow in damp spaces, under sinks, in showers and around leaking pipes. It can also grow in carpets where moisture has been allowed to sit for extended periods of time. This mold spreads quickly and causes allergy symptoms such as asthma in those affected. Elderly people, children and others with pre-existing health conditions should not be exposed to this mold at all.

Cladosporium

This type of mold is found on wood and in clothing and carpeting. Outside it will grow on decaying plants and can enter your home through the ventilation system. This mold can cause problems with skin and nails and your respiratory system. Things to look for are respiratory infections, itchy eyes, wheezing, and runny nose.

Penicillium

Penicillium can spread rapidly from one place to the next and starts in insulation, wallpaper, carpeting or other old fabrics. This is one of the most common types of mold and can lead to chronic sinus infections as well as allergy symptoms and an inflammation of the lungs.

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Stachybotrys chartarum

Black mold, has a slimy appearance and is usually found in areas with continuous moisture like leaky pipes, air conditioning ducts, and in showers. It does spread to other areas from these primary sources. This mold is one that is one of the deadliest and is associated with many kinds of health problems. Exposure leads to chronic sinus infections, asthma, depression, and fatigue. It has a distinct musty odor that will alert you to its presence.

Have a Mold Inspection Performed

The best thing that you can do is to contact specialists that know how to eradicate mold from homes. It can easily be wiped off surfaces but this does not mean that it’s gone. It could be growing within your walls as well as in other hidden areas. Contacting a mold specialist such as Water Damage Zone has many advantages as they can run the proper tests to determine which kinds of mold you have and exactly how to treat it.

 

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Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Toxic Mold in New Home

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Is There Black Mold in My Walls?

 

 

Black mold is toxic, deadly and can live inside of your walls without you knowing. If your home is dark, hot and humid, then you have the perfect conditions for black mold to grow. Mold growing in your walls can be hard to detect so it is best to leave it to professionals.

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Black Mold

It’s actually a greenish-black color and has a slimy texture. You will notice an earthy smell near where it is growing. It has the scent of soil and rotting leaves. This odor can be especially strong in bad cases. The danger here is that the toxins are already floating in the air all around. Breathing in the spores is futile for your health. Expect to have allergy-like symptoms with wheezing and coughing.

Identifying Black Mold

You will notice that it is a greenish-black color in addition to being slimy. It has a musty odor and needs moisture to grow. The mold begins by feeding on the building materials or whatever organic materials it can get a hold of. Sometimes it appears gray with a powdery texture. The only way to know for sure if it is black mold is to study it with a microscope. If you have mold it is best to consult professionals like Water Damage Zone to come to your home for an inspection.

 

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The Effect of Mold Spores on Pregnant Women

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Most of us know that black mold is extremely toxic and can make people sick easily. However, do you know the effect that being in the presence of black mold has on pregnant women? Many newly pregnant couples worry about issues like this because they know that the environment of the pregnant mother has an effect on the health of the child in her womb.

No Conclusive Evidence

There is no serious evidence to this day that women who are exposed to mold will lose their child. One reason that there may not be any evidence however is because of the fact that it’s difficult to perform clinical trials on pregnant women. These means that it would be hard and highly irresponsible to test the effects of black mold on pregnant women.

What is Believed?

It is believed that black mold can harm the pregnant mother and in doing so it would also harm the unborn baby. This is based soundly on the fact that black mold is already known to create an array of health problems in those who are exposed to it. In one test that was performed on mice, it was found that the pregnant mice had a decreased litter size when exposed to mold. This points to the possibility of mold being a factor in damaging the health of unborn babies.

Asthma in Unborn Babies

Many doctors now believe that asthma can form along with other allergies in the womb. They believe that asthma is linked to the environment and not genetic factors. What this means is that black mold in the environment of an unborn baby could possibly cause problems in the respiratory system of that child.

Stay Away from Mold

It is safe to say that with all of this information, it’s not worth the risk to be around mold if you’re pregnant. If you believe that your home or work environment is contaminated with mold and you’re concerned, make sure to let a coworker or family member know. Then you can decide on a plan of action to let a company such as Water Damage Zone, Inc. know so that we can begin the process of mold removal for you.

 

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Landlord’s Responsibility Regarding Mold

 

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The good news is that when it comes to protecting residents against mold, California is one of the top states. The Toxic Mold Protection Act sets up the requirements that the landlord must abide by if one of their apartments is found contaminated with mold. The tenant is not usually at fault for a mold condition in an apartment as long as the landlord was aware of its presence.

Landlord Responsibility

Landlords are responsible to disclose all information about mold in their apartments to the residents. If there are people looking to live in the apartment, this information must be given as well. If there is mold in the apartment the landlord is also responsible for making an effort to remove the mold and prevent it from reoccurring. This means making any necessary repairs to the apartment.

Knowledge of Mold

Landlords must maintain their property and an awareness of any mold condition. If they don’t provide notice they are still liable for the removal of the mold. This can be maintained as long as it’s reasonable that the landlord knows that the mold problem exists. The landlord should be performing maintenance on the property regularly anyway, so it is reasonable to assume that they would be alerted to any developing mold condition.

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In Reasonable Time

All of these repairs must be made in a reasonable time frame. This means that the mold must be removed as soon as possible. The amount of time to eliminate the condition may vary but the landlord is required to treat the situation immediately. The landlord cannot wait to have the mold removed as the condition will worsen over time. Typically, it only takes a few days.

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411