Desert Cities More Prone to Mold Growth

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Valley Fever

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Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist and mold health authority, claims that residents of cities like Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix are most affected by toxic molds. He says this pollution is both within their homes and their workplaces.

There are 4 factors that explain why these desert cities are more prone to and affected by mold contamination:

1. These cities have dry desert soils. One deadly species of mold, Valley Fever, grows in these desert soils. Valley Fever is caused by two species of organisms named coccidioides. The illness one contracts if exposed to this mold has symptoms including fever, chest pain, and coughing. When soil erosion occurs through wind, there is construction on that soil, or the soil is farmed, the fungi spores are released into the air, thereby entering the homes and workplaces of these desert cities.

2. When roofs of homes or commercial buildings leak, as they are prone to do in desert areas where flat roofs are popular, mold infected water can enter the inside of ceilings and walls. This can cause mold to grow inside the premises, unnoticed as it is hidden within the structure. This can eventually lead to health issues related to mold exposure.

3. Water pipes built into slab floors are also popular in these areas, and can deteriorate over time. These leaks can lead to polluted water infecting carpets and walls, eventually leading to toxic fungal growth.

4. Air conditioning ducts and swamp coolers used in these hot and dry cities can also be incubators for mold spores, releasing contaminated air as they cool homes and workplaces.

Brickley Environmental works to protect our local cities from mold infestation in various ways:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold removal
  • Mold remediation

 

These services protect the homes and the workplaces against mold pollution in some of the most mold prone desert areas of Southern California.

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