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Mold 101: Effects on Human Health

Mold is a term used for a collection of fungi that are found virtually everywhere in the air. When in a dry state, mold is relatively harmless. However, on surfaces that provide a source of food in a humid atmosphere, they can take hold and grow quickly. It does not take long for mold to grow inside the home.  It can consume materials, cause damage to structural integrity, and even create respiratory issues. A damp environment represents a potential home for mold ... Read more

Mold Can Be a Big Problem in the Summer

The warm months of summer make the perfect breeding environment for mold. The combination of rain, humidity, and heat creates the perfect place for mold to grow. Solutions exist to slow or prevent the growth of mold inside your home. Reduce Humidity to Avoid Mold This means that all activities in your home that generate increased moisture in the air need to be reduced. From cooking to showering to running the dishwasher, you’ll want to properly ventilate all areas of the home that generate moisture. By keeping ... Read more

Recent Rains Promote Mold Questions

When the weather is dry, mold is usually only a nuisance for those who suffer from allergies. But when mold spores find a wet or damp spot to grow inside a home, office, or facility, it can become a considerable problem. All it takes is a crack in the roof, outside wall, or foundation to create the right conditions for mold to grow. Why Mold Grows Inside Buildings A damp or wet area allows mold spores to settle, but what makes the mold spores grow ... Read more

New Bill Addresses Mold Removal in Public Buildings

In South Carolina, a bill was introduced into the State House, which if approved, will change the way mold removal is performed in the state. The bill seeks to employ greater oversight into how mold is removed in public buildings. A committee will be formed to examine the scope of the issue and how best to remove any mold that is in place. The co-sponsors of the bill are responding to recent issues in the Cherokee County schools, Spartanburg County courthouse, and public ... Read more

The Damages of Floodwaters and Mold

The damage from floodwater caused by massive rainstorms and hurricanes can be substantial. However, once the storms have abated and the damage has been assessed, mold can appear and cause even more destruction. How Mold Affects Homes Damaged by Floodwater Mold is present even in the driest of climates, but it does not cause any damage until it is exposed to moist or wet surfaces and allowed to grow. The aftermath of hurricanes and massive rainstorms, which generate floodwater, represents the greatest danger ... Read more

Toxic Mold Syndrome and Its Effects on the Brain

The effect of mold on residences, buildings, and facilities is well-known. When uninhibited, mold can spread quickly, consume organic materials, weaken structures, and in some cases, cause buildings to become so fragile that they are condemned. However, a lesser known effect of mold is the health of those who live or work inside structures that have been invaded by mold. The condition known as toxic mold syndrome is relatively rare, but real. Every year, it affects thousands of people, and the results ... Read more

10 Ways of Dealing with Mold

Mold is one of the most damaging organisms to homes, offices, and facilities around the world. The spores generated by the mold may also affect the health and well-being of those who live inside mold-infected buildings. Here are ten ways of dealing with mold along with recognizing the dangers that it presents: Carpet If you have an area which has a consistent moisture issue, do not put carpet near the source, as it will only provide shelter for the mold to form. This includes places ... Read more

Updated Mold Laws for 2018

The mold laws for 2018 have been updated by the latest rules and regulations to the industry, which mostly came from lawsuits. The litigation was centered on the effects of mold in terms of personal injury and property destruction, along with recent studies about how mold affects property and people. This means that there are new trends and issues that will shape this year and the foreseeable future in terms of the presence and removal of mold. Experts What is new for 2018 ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold is an organism that can be found almost anywhere on Earth. For the most part, mold is harmless, especially in dry conditions where it cannot spread and grow. However, when it enters a moist or humid atmosphere, one that is protected from the outside elements, it can grow and start to consume the organic materials inside. Left unchecked, the spores from the mold will spread out to the rest of the home or building, causing even more damage and affecting ... Read more

Increased Threat of Mold After Hurricanes

Recent hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have done extensive damage to both Houston and Puerto Rico respectively. But the impact is not just in physical damages. In the wake of flooded homes and damaged properties lies the growing threat of mold which may cause respiratory issues for the many thousands returning to their homes. What is Mold? Mold is a living organism that is present virtually everywhere on land. You can find mold and its spores in outdoor and indoor environments, but for the ... Read more
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