MOLD REMOVAL

HOW MOLD AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH

Mold is a very dangerous living substance which grows in damp and dark environments. Depending on the species, mold can be extremely toxic and cause long-term health problems. Having a different effect on everyone, mold is especially dangerous to children, seniors, pregnant woman, and those with preceding health issues.

Mold Sensitivity:

Mold Sensitivity:

Mold affects people differently, depending on their well-being. People with mold allergies can be harshly affected immediately upon contact, while others may develop symptoms or, sensitivity, due to exposure overtime. Symptoms you may experience from mold sensitivity include:

  • Chest and nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose and excessive sneezing
  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation
  • Headaches

Respiratory Issues:

Mold exposure can cause respiratory problems to develop in seemingly healthy individuals. Illnesses such as asthma can be developed during long-term exposure. People with pre-existing asthma who are exposed to mold are at risk for severe symptoms to take place and even cause asthma attacks. Symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Upper respiratory problems

Severe Health Concerns:

Toxigenic types of mold are especially dangerous to your health. Molds such as Stachybotrys or , "black mold," produce mycotoxins which can lead to severe or even deadly conditions. Potential symptoms include:

  • Immune and blood disorders
  • Liver and kidney problems
  • Pulmonary bleeding
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (lung scarring)
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Digestive issues
  • Heart problems
  • Cancer

The 3 Mold Classifications

1. Allergenic:

  • Very common.
  • Induces reactions to those with allergies, such as hives or asthma attacks.
  • Causes individuals to develop allergies or asthma.


2. Pathogenic:
  • Causes health problems for those already suffering from acute illnesses.
  • Can cause infections in humans and pets.


3.Toxigenic:
  • Produce toxins, called mycotoxins, which can lead to dangerous or deadly conditions.
  • Effects humans and animals.
  • Can cause severe issues such as immunosuppression, neurological disorders, and cancer.

  • Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery. Mold generally does not grow in cold environments, but it can survive if the spores are present. Warm, humid conditions are ideal for mold growth. Most molds need temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit or more to grow, and a relative humidity of 70% or higher. Air conditioners that regulate the temperature of your house help prevent mold growth; however the crawl space is often the only space in your home that is not conditioned or regulated.
  • In some cases, mold in your home can make you sick, especially if you have allergies or asthma. Whether or not you're allergic to molds or not, mold exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs.
  • The presence of mold makes a home difficult to sell. Real estate agents need to inform their sellers that, legally, they need to disclose any mold problems. This is especially true if that homeowner knows there's a mold problem that may not be apparent from a basic home inspection.

CAUSES OF MOLD

Mold is the product of 3 common crawl space flaws

  1. Exposed dirt and insufficient ground coverage of the crawl space vapor barrier.
  2. Flooding in the crawl space will lead to standing water, and increased moisture levels in the crawl space.
  3. Unsealed foundation vents and air penetrations can lead to extremely high moisture levels in the summer time due to North Carolina's typical humid climate.

Depending on the severity and location of the mold

  • Light Mold Treatment- With environmentally friendly, outdoor mold killer. We target the specific areas in your crawl space to resolve less severe mold growth.
  • Full Mold Remediation- In a crawl space with a more severe case of a mold infestation, all wood surfaces in the crawl space are sprayed and scraped with our concentrated mold killing formula. The mold is treated at its root and all the spores are removed to restore the wood to its original condition.