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 to infiltrate and begin to grow. A humid environment is the perfect breeding ground for unwanted pests.  These include dust mites, bacteria, and even airborne fumes from both natural and chemical sources. The health effects of mold may cause long-term health effects.

How Mold Affects Your Health

The most common way that mold affects the health of those living inside homes where the mold spores are being released is relatively mild respiratory issues. This is because the nostrils, sinuses, throat, and lungs are being infiltrated by mold spores which may cause the following:

 

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Mild Breathing Issues

It is true that most of these effects are not only mild but may be misinterpreted as common allergies. While mold spores are quite abundant, especially outdoors, the overall effect on human health is quite mild. Although people with established respiratory issues such as asthma may suffer to a greater degree.

Toxic Compounds: Certain types of mold produce toxins that infiltrate the spores. While relatively rare, they present a considerably greater danger to your health compared to common mold. Such mold spores may cause respiratory infections and other conditions that affect adults and children in a stronger manner compared to standard mold.

For healthy adults, the threat of mold spores may seem minor. However, for children, the sick, and the elderly the health threat of mold spores is considerably higher. The presence of mold spores inside the home may be a strong sign that mold is growing. You will need to choose the right professional company to confirm that mold may be present.

Why Choose Brickley Environmental?

If you are concerned about the possible presence of mold in your home, then it pays to call or get in touch with Brickley Environmental. We offer the trained personnel with the right services to inspect, identify, and remove mold infestation from the home. Over the year, Brickley Environmental has helped many families by removing mold and other contaminants which means living in a safer environment.

Remember that mold can grow quickly and become a threat to your home and those who live inside. Get in touch with the professionals as Brickley Environmental. We will explain our services, answer your questions, and provide the assistance needed to ensure that your home is free of mold infestation.

Hidden Health Hazards in the Home

There are many hazards in your home that can be seen. However, many hazards in the home are not visible to the naked eye. It is this type of unseen hazard that is the most dangerous. They can be present in the home for years and can cause damage to you and your family. You can increase awareness of these potential dangers by understanding what to look for.

Most Common Health Hazards

Cleaning Products: Traditional cleaning products made from ammonia or bleach have been linked to respiratory issues. Absorbing such products through the skin may lead to nerve damage. It is imperative to use caution with these products. Only use chemical-based products in a well-ventilated area while wearing gloves and a ventilation mask. Alternative products such as baking soda, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide do not pose a threat to health.

Solvents & Paints: Inhaling the fumes from paint and solvents may cause many respiratory conditions and can contribute to cardiovascular issues. This is because many solvents and paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that leak into the indoor air. This can occur for years even after the paint has dried.

Pesticides: The danger of using pesticides is considerable as exposure may lead to short-term health issues. At first, the symptoms may include headaches or nausea. Long-term exposure has been linked to damage to the central nervous system, reproductive system, and even the development of cancer.

Clothing: It may seem odd, but older clothing contains chemicals that may cause harm to the respiratory system. These chemicals are usually fire-retardants or water-repellents which are no longer being used. It is wiser to purchase clothing made from all-natural materials such as cotton. Do not use mothballs because they contain a toxin that damages the lungs.

It is best to call a professional service that can identify these hazards if you are concerned about the safety of your home.

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

Getting in touch with the professionals at Brickley Environmental can bring peace of mind. We can explain our services, answer your questions, and inspect your home at your convenience. Do not take chances with potential hazards that threaten you and your family.  Get in touch with Brickley Environmental today.

Open Windows Can Let in Fresh Air … And Surprisingly Lead too!

The recent events in Flint, Michigan have led many families to become concerned about the drinking water in their homes. However, they may be overlooking another source of lead that is coming in through their open windows. 

 Lead may still be present in the paint and wood of homes in the US that were constructed before 1978. Every time a window is opened, the fine lead dust is disturbed.  Children are especially vulnerable. They are closer to the ground and more likely to inhale or consume the dust that forms along the windows.

How to Address Lead in the Home

The first step is whether the home was built before 1978. This is a time when lead was legally used in paint. Lead gave paint considerable durability and it was cheap, so it was commonly used up until that year. if your home was built before that time, then consider having a professional service inspect and test the home for the presence of lead paint, even if it has been covered over for many years.

There are a few other materials in the home that may also be made with lead. This includes certain toys, jewelry, and imported candies. Continued exposure can build up the presence of lead over time. Here are some basic things you can do which may help reduce the lead exposure in your home.

Replace the windows.
Check the Water for Lead: Especially Hot Water.
Clean More Frequently: To Reduce the Amount of Dust.
Look for Peeling Paint: Underneath may be a source for lead.

There is no known treatment for the effects of lead-poisoning. Too much exposure may lead to lifelong health, cognitive, and behavior issues that can never be properly treated. This is especially true for children who are even more susceptible to the effects of lead poisoning. This means that cleaning and replacing windows may either not be enough or you may be looking in the wrong direction.

It is best to call a professional company that has experience with its identification and removal if you believe lead may be present.

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

Call the professionals at Brickley Environmental if you believe that lead may be coming into your home in the air or through the water pipes. They offer their extensive knowledge, years of experience, and complete training to identify sources of lead and remove it from the home, office, or facility.

Link Between Lead Exposure and Heart Disease

Since the 1970s, lead has been banned for use in paints, gasoline, and many other products because of its effects on the brain. However, its connection to heart disease has only recently been revealed.

A recent observational study from The Lancet Public Health Journal revealed that 256,000 cases of premature death caused by cardiovascular disease in the US may be linked to lead exposure. This new study defies the notion that low levels of lead exposure had little to no effect on premature death.

Presence of Lead and the Circulatory System

Lead exposure is linked to the hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, and ischemic or coronary heart disease. Lead exposure occurs because lead has not fully been removed from some of the paints, fuel, and plumbing of structures, especially from older homes and buildings.

Most of the premature deaths caused by lead exposure affected those middle-aged, roughly 44 years old and older in the US. While exposure to lead products has been greatly reduced over the past few decades, it has yet to be eliminated from most of the western world.

Of the participants from The Lancet Public Health Journal study, those who had the highest levels of lead in their systems tended to be male, less educated, more likely to smoke, and have additional health complications, such as diabetes or hypertension. In addition, 37 percent of the participants who had the highest levels of lead were more likely to pass away prematurely compared to similar individuals with a far lower presence of lead in their systems.

Overall, the study concludes that 256,000 premature deaths might have been avoided if the levels of lead in their systems were at normal levels. Across age, sex, and health lines, the presence of lead has a substantial effect on the health and wellbeing of the body and mind. In addition, the study calls into question the assumed safe levels of lead in terms of its link to cardiovascular disease.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you believe that your residence or business may have lead paint or materials made from lead, please call the experts at Brickley Environmental. We have the knowledge, training, and equipment to safely remove the lead from your home, office, or facility.

The Importance of Lead Exposure & Removal

While lead exposure rates in the US have dropped considerably since the mid-1970s, recent events demonstrate that residents are not totally removed from the issue. Since the 2016 lead contamination and water crisis in Flint, Michigan, it has been discovered that thousands of other communities in the US suffer from lead exposure rates even greater than those documented in Flint.

This new awareness of the presence of lead has caught some off-guard, considering that the substance was banned from products for decades. However, many older structures, such as homes and commercial buildings, still had lead in the paint, plumbing, and other areas.

History of Lead Usage

For many decades, lead was used across a wide range of industries. Its abundance, malleability, inherent strength, low melting point, and low corrosion levels made it perfect for pipes, paints, fuels, cosmetics, and more. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s that the abundance of data from studies that lasted for decades caused lead to be removed from manufactured products.

Although lead has been banned from paints, fuels, and plumbing, many older structures still contain products made from lead. In addition, lead is not easily detectable because it has no taste, unique color, or odor. This means that you may be exposed to lead without knowing of its presence. It takes accurate testing of the water, soil, dust particles, and more to determine if lead is present.

No Safe Levels

Lead has been known as a toxin for a long time. The presence of moderate amounts of lead in the system may have dire health implications that mostly concern brain activity. Lead exposure can cause emotional and behavioral issues along with affecting the intellectual development that stunts the growth of children.

Furthermore, recent studies have shown that the presence of lead may lead to premature death due to cardiovascular issues. As many as 412,000 deaths related to the circulatory system may be attributed to the presence of low levels of lead in the system. For children, the presence of lead is devastating as it stunts the growth of the body, brain, and metabolism.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect that your home, office, or facility has lead or the structure was built before the mid-1970s, please contact Brickley Environmental. We have the right tools to identify and remove sources of lead and other contaminants from the home, office, or facility.