Mold….literally, a growing concern. National media attention has alerted the public to the destructive and possibly toxic dangers of hidden mold spores that could affect their family`s health and their homes. EPA studies indicate that air levels of indoor pollutants may be two to three times higher than outdoor levels. Mold, the most dangerous offender of all, often goes undetected because of its invisibility. Most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and are not aware of the health hazards created by this pollutant. You owe it to yourself to minimize your exposure to mold spores in the indoor environment, test for mold today!

How can someone be exposed to MOLD?

There are several ways you can become exposed to mold:

  • Breathing in the spores from the air
  • Skin contact from handling an item that has mold growing on it
  • Eating without properly washing your hands after handling moldy objects

How can someone be exposed to MOLD?

There are several ways you can become exposed to mold:

  • Breathing in the spores from the air
  • Skin contact from handling an item that has mold growing on it
  • Eating without properly washing your hands after handling moldy objects

Can MOLD cause health problems?

Mold has the potential to cause health problems and even make a home uninhabitable. However, everyone is affected differently when in contact with mold. The mold that may not bother the seller may severely affect the buyer. Some mold can produce allergens, irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic chemical substances known as mycotoxins. Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. People diagnosed with allergies and asthma may be very sensitive to mold. Mold can cause asthma attacks. Others at risk may include: infants, children, the elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women and individuals with existing respiratory conditions.

With exposure, even in small amounts, mold may cause:

  • Itching or irritation of the nose, eyes, throat or skin
  • Mysterious skin rashes
  • Sinus infections or congestion / sinusitis (runny nose)
  • Respiratory problems (sneezing and coughing)
  • Upper or lower respiratory infections
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent headaches
  • Trouble concentrating, memory lapses, confusion
  • Mood swings, anxiety, depression
  • Chronic aches and pains
  • Digestive problems

Mold toxins are permanently stored in the liver and become concentrated over time.

 

Where is MOLD found in the home?

Mold can be found in several areas in the home environment. It appears most often in moist areas as little black circles or thread-like white objects. It is usually accompanied by a musty-type odor. Outdoors, mold plays a natural part in the environment by breaking down dead organic matter such as dead trees or fallen leaves. Mold reproduces by means of microscopic spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through the indoor and outdoor air. Mold begins to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet or damp. Mold will not grow without water or moisture. Therefore, it is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Some examples of places where mold can be found inside the home include:

  • Basements, kitchens (bottom of fridge), around bathroom vanities, washer/dryer area
  • The underside of carpets and pads
  • The surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms)
  • Ceilings and the top side of ceiling tiles
  • Front and back side of drywall, wall paper or paneling
  • Inside HVAC systems and duct work
  • Clothing
  • Food

How can I reduce or eliminate MOLD inside my home?

It is impossible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores indoors. Mold will always be found floating in the air and in house dust. Indoor mold growth can be prevented by controlling water and moisture indoors. The following may prevent or reduce indoor mold growth:

  • Repair any water leaks
  • Provide good air circulation
  • All HVAC systems should have a good electrostatic filter on the return
  • Use bathroom, kitchen and laundry room exhaust fans
  • Insulate and ventilate attic and crawl space areas
  • Clean, dry or remove items that are damaged by water immediately

Real Estate Deals DO NOT Need To Be Broken!

If the home you are thinking about purchasing has mold, do not panic! You can remove unusual mold levels from the home, and bring it back to the original condition.

NOTE: If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean the mold, but do not fix the water problem, the mold will grow back.

Clearance Testing: The most important part of the remediation (clean up process) process is the clearance testing. This final testing procedure provides confirmation that the project has been satisfactorilly remediated and that the contamination has not spread to other areas

 

 Please Call Us Immediately For Your Inspection !

Integrity Cleaning & Restoration L.L.C.
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Newton, IA 50208
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