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 ...
This article is the first in our new "Need to Know" series. Stay tuned for more articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation throughout the coming months!
Of all the threats to your home or office, mold is one of the most underestimated organisms on the planet. Every year, mold causes millions of dollars in damage to residences and buildings, affecting both the building’s structure and the health of those living or working inside. Left unchecked, mold can spread quickly through any ...
Mold presents a danger to everyone in your household, but it is especially dangerous for children, whose lungs are not fully developed. Most children exposed to mold will have allergic reactions that will clear up once the spores are removed. It is important to understand why the presence of mold represents a unique danger to babies, toddlers, and young children to a greater degree compared to adults.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that comes in many different varieties. It thrives in ...
Business owners must get proper legal representation and do what is necessary to rid their buildings, facilities, and warehouses of mold before the threat of litigation is made. The same is true for homeowners where mold infestation can have dire financial consequences in terms of property damage and litigation by affected parties.
Recent Court Cases About Mold Exposure
For the most part, exposure to mold spores results in allergic reactions, skin irritations, and other minor issues. In rare cases, individuals have suffered from ...
Have you checked your children’s toys for mold recently? Toys made from rubber, including teething rings and sippy cups, can easily trap moisture which could lead to mold growth.
If you have witnessed black, watery gunk oozing out of your kids’ bath toys upon squeezing, it is likely black mold.
Mold is certainly gross, but what danger does it pose to kids?
What leads to the growth of mold?
Anything that has the ability to trap moisture could be a potential site for the growth ...
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 ...
Mold is one of the most common household hazards. Mold is naturally occurring and is, in fact, around us at all times. A low level of mold spores is not dangerous to humans. It is inside a home, however, with the doors and windows closed, that a high level of mold spores can build up and can actually become dangerous for a person. Homes that are infested with mold are more likely to have that high level of spores in the ...
Many homeowners or renters will eventually have to deal with mold in their lifetimes. Mold grows where there is little light, but plenty of moisture, making bathrooms, basements, cellars, north-facing outdoor spaces, etc. very likely to develop mold growth. External walls, sidewalks, and even furniture can develop mold. If you have a mold and/or mildew infestation, either inside or outside, there are some steps that you can take in order to prevent that mold from spreading and to prevent it from ...
If you have a mold problem in your home, you’ve probably already smelled it. Smell is one of the best ways to identify a mold infestation, even if you can’t see the mold itself. While mold doesn’t necessarily have to be toxic in order to cause your family problems, if you do have a black mold infestation, it is more likely to cause serious problems, including exacerbating allergies and breathing disorders, all the way down to causing an idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage ...
What Are Molds?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.
What are some ...