Stachybotyrs, Fusarium, Aspergillus, and Penicillium can cause memory loss, joint paint, headaches, fatigue, and depression. Aflavatoxin B from Aspergillus Flavus mold is one of the most potent cancer causing agents and can adversely affect pulmonary macrophage production.
Mold toxins are dangerous and can cause cancer, and suppress the immune system, damage the liver, lungs, and other organs. Some toxins are mutagenic and can actually change the genetic code resulting in birth defects Sensitization to Mold Individuals react differently to mold exposure.
There is no set dose/time formula or relationship. In addition, in some individuals repeat exposure can cause an increasingly adverse reaction. It is best to avoid mold exposure or to use the proper PPE (such as the proper fit tested mold rated cartridged respirator) and to get a mold problem correctly promptly.
Never let water stand without without cleanup within 24-48 hours or to let high humidity levels go unchecked. Remember, the cause of the moisture intrusion must be fixed or the problem will recur.
Tips we can give you after a flood
1.Dry everything out.
2.Do not touch any possible visual mold.
3.Call us= 713 360-8255.
4.We will do indoor air quality sampling and full mold inspection.
5.We take samples to microbiology lab.
6.Test results available in 24 to 48 hours.
7.We write a full report on the lab results on how to clean the home or building properly based on the mold test results. Many times home owners or building owners can clean the air themselve but if professionals are needed I will write a Mold Remediation Specification for them to follow.
8.Follow up sampling of the air after clean up is completed and lab testing to be sure the mold spore counts are low. Our families health is worth quite a bit especially after numerous doctor visits with no results.
Did you know a simple indoor air quality inspection and microbiology testing could find the cause of sneezing, headaches, coughing, or just that sense of not quite feeling right. Many of our clients mention that when they are at home they feel bad but once they leave the home they feel better and returning home they feel bad again.
This also holds true for people going to work once they get to work they feel bad then leave the office and feel better. We will do a full assessment of the home or office looking for any signs of indoor air contaminents or mold spores. Next we do air sampling by using an air pump that literally pulls in the air and traps these contaminants. We take these spore trap samples to a microbiologist for testing and checking for over twenty different forms of mold and allergens. We will then forward the test results to you via email and review the findings with you and a course of remediation or clean up.
If found early enough cleaning and disinfecting is easy with most homeowners able to do this themselves. The tricky thing about indoor air quality testing is the things we do not see in the air that can hurt us. Stachybotrys toxic mold or as it is called black mold of course will leave signs of it's presence but many more molds just stay in the air.
Petri dishes are available at Lowes and Home Depot but they will not tell you what type mold is present nor will they tell you how much is in the air.
We are in the business of trying to make our clients feel better when they don't know which way to turn after trying numerous medications and many doctor visits.
Complete Mold inspection, indoor air quality sampling, microbiology testing, and full report including remediation specification should be a part of any real estate transaction. Normally we can have your inspection done and the test results available within 48-72 hours or sooner upon request.
We handle all residential inspections, apartments, condominiums, commercial buildings, offices, hospitals, hotels, and motels with no job being too small or too large. Many of our calls are from realtors, buyers, and sellers trying to make a real estate transaction and mold spots are detected. Normally if this is caught early enough it is not a big deal we sample it, test it, and report how to clean it properly.
Our company is a totally independant third party indoor air quality inspection company which means we have no vested interest in repairs or clean up. If cleaning is needed by a professional company we will give you a name of a remediation company to clean and disinfect as needed per our reporting. So this means you are protected from companies that do the inspection, testing, and repairs which usually means thousands of dollars of unneeded repairs or cleaning costs.
We have over 15 years expertise in moisture inspections, indoor air quality inspections, and mold inspections. We are a member the Better Business Bureau having been in business as All Stucco and Mold Inspections Inc. since 1997.