Mold Testing

What can cause mold growth in the first place?

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Nutrients

In order to grow, mold spores need a supply "food". Common materials found in homes such as plywood, drywall, and carpets and padding provide food for mold.
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Moisture

When moisture is introduced, the decaying process caused by mold will begin. Moisture is common in bathrooms and in homes with a high humidity.
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Time

Once the growing conditions have been met, mold can begin growing anywhere between 24 hours and 10 days. Over time, it can increase in size and have worse effects.

Professional Mold Testing

Mold is commonly found in places where moisture is present throughout the home. Mold growth is often recognized by color such as white, pink, orange, green, blue, black or brown. When present in large quantities, called colonies, mold can become a major health concern. Mold is generally divided into three groups based upon health effects. This is probably one of the most common environmental inspection finds, some cases are hazardous to your health while other cases are not as severe.

Those BrickKicker locations that offer Mold Testing are trained and have the resources to detect mold in your property, whether in plain view or in spots that aren’t normally visible. Have an inspector come to you, and make sure your home or property is healthy for the years to come.

Mold problem and the mycelium (fungus)

Different Types of Mold

Mold comes in various colors and sizes. What most people do not know, is that there are actually 3 different types of mold that can have different effects on health as well.

This mold category is generally not dangerous, but can cause allergenic or asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing or a runny nose. Although these molds do not usually produce life-threatening effects, they can highly affect those who are already allergenic or asthmatic.

This type of mold may can serious health effects in those with decreased immune function,those participating in chemotherapy, or those with HIV/AIDS. A rather healthy individual is likely able to resist infection by these organisms regardless of dose, but high exposure may cause reactions within the lungs. Any type of mold that is able to grow at body temperature can become a pathogen in someone with a reduced immune function.

This category of mold consists of poisonous substances produced by living things. Toxins from mold, also called mycotoxins, can lead to serious health effects in almost anymore. Consequences range from short-term irritation to immune system problems, and even cancer. Many mycotoxin related diseases are caused from contaminated food. However, skin is also a target for mycotoxins, leading to severe skin disease. Exposure to mycotoxins should be avoided at all costs due to the severe effects.

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