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Mold Removal is one Eastern Environmental Solutions' most specialized field of remediation and service. Whether its Residential Mold Removal, Commercial or Industrial the Eastern team has it covered. The term "Toxic Mold" is no doubt catchy but also disparagingly alarming when mentioned. To be exact its not the "mold" itself that is toxic, its the spores the fungi produce. Molds like Fusarium and Trichoderma release spores that include the dangerous and infamous substance mycotoxins. When the spores become airborne they are then inhaled by the unbeknownst dwellers of said residence. You can also absorb them through your skin and intestines without any knowledge of doing so. Not to mention including the toxic spores, these Molds also produce gases which release mycotoxins.
Here is a Case Study of a Mold outbreak in Cleveland in the 1990's
In 1993 the city of Cleveland, Ohio suffered a plague of sorts when 27 infants suffered acute pulmonary hemorrhaging. The children had infected lungs and their airways were bleeding with one fatality. Yes, can you imagine your child or family dying of Mold when it could have simply been avoided by mold removal experts like Eastern? An investigation into the sudden and emotional outbreak found that each of the homes of the sick children had sustained very serious water damage. In these homes resided the greenish black fungi Stachybotrys chartarum, a very toxic mold infestation.
The County conducted an investigation of all of the infants who died in the Cleveland area County from 1993 to 1995 and discovered that each one had suffered from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Six children had sings of pulmonary hemorrhages in their lungs.
Toxic spores are believed to cause skin irritations along with lung infections and inflammation as well as suppressing the bodies immune system. Some have also claimed through research that toxic mold can actually cause and be responsible for memory loss and brain damage. A local court ruled in favor of this conclusion however it is still unproven in the medical science industry due to a lack of case studies.
Mycotoxins may also cause damage to your health through something called cytotoxicity - the spores kill off your living cells to have no competition for resources within in the body. So, essentially the cells in your body come under a full-scale blitzkrieg attack when the toxic spores like those pictured above find their way into your body.
Here are some common facts on Mold you might not know of.
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Due to what seems like overwhelming evidence, there has been no definitive proof that spores from mold create serious health hazards in people who come into contact with it. Mycotoxins have properties like cytotoxicity and have been shown to create harmful impacts on living tissue in laboratories but research into the real effects on human bodies is a relatively new field of medical research. However, new investigations into how mycotoxins work has become a very high priority for medical researchers, in part due to outbreaks like one in Cleveland.
Organizations like the national Center for Disease Control and Prevention "CDC" and the Environmental Protection Agency "EPA" have started to compile evidence from outbreaks and incidents around the country and create a database on toxic mold while creating a formula on how to combat and defeat the fungi.
What is Black Mold exactly? And how to prevent it.
The Media & Black Mold
Few subjects get us far more upset than seeing all the misinformation publicized about Black Mold (and mold in general) by unscrupulous organizations and the zealous media who are far more interested in sensationalism than truth reporting.
To place it bluntly, our business is sadly full of poor bad poor details about mold, and especially about Black Mold. We see misinformed media reports all the time about Black Mold. We also hear story following story of somebody getting taken advantage of by an immoral contractor or unscrupulous firm who makes use of misinformation and scare techniques to consider advantage of vulnerable clients who are provided poor info about mold and Black Mold.
Mycotoxins & Toxicity
Media reports of Black Mold often refer to molds that can generate harmful toxins (exclusively mycotoxins), such as groups of molds acknowledged as Stachybotrys.
Mycotoxins will not often be developed when these varieties of mold are existing. To put it yet another way, the presence of mold does not automatically indicate mycotoxins are current. The problems necessary for mycotoxins to be made are not totally understood. Even more, mycotoxins can be created by other kinds of molds besides Stachybotrys and these molds are not often black.
In other words, the shade of the mold to the naked eye can't tell you anything at all about whether or not it's toxic or not. With more than one hundred,000 species, mold comes in about any size, shape, and shade you can feel of, making it practically impossible to inform what variety of mold you have without a microscope and lab testing carried out from a Mold Inspection and Testing.
Toxic mold can come in many colors (not just black) and black mold is not usually toxic. Even more, as mentioned above, specific situations have to be met for the harmful toxins to be created.
So as we can see from the over, the phrase Black Mold and its standard association is generally totally misunderstood. If you have noticeable mold or a suspected mold difficulty, our guidance is always the exact same irrespective of the color of the mold: Get rid of the mold. Whether you determine to personally get rid of the mold (highly unadvised) or retain the services of a specialist like Eastern Environmental Solutions, you must take careful measures and make positive presently accepted Mold Elimination and Mold Remediation Concepts and make sure to follow the protocol.
If you presently see or smell mold, however, investing income on testing and inspections is normally needless since all mold in the home, irrespective of the color or species kind, need to be remediated and eliminated. And all mold, regardless of the color or species, need to be remediated and removed following the identical accepted Mold Removal Suggestions.
How to protect your home from Mold - Toxic or Otherwise
So how does Mold actually enter your home in the first place? Well in many ways. It can come through something as simple as an open window, your AC system, venting, or even attached to your clothing or pets. The worst part is, once Mold is introduced into your home it is extremely difficult to get rid of it, the fungi spores may even lie in a dormant state until they come into contact with conditions suitable for their growth.
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Mold thrives in damp environments with relatively high humidity around 94% (Source: EPA). The need for high humidity logically cuts down the possibility of where a toxic mold infestation might occur since most houses do not have that high of a percentage of humidity. However, factors like a leaking roof, bad plumbing or a damp flowering pot can produce the humidity needed for the toxins to grow.
Toxic mold prefers materials such as gypsum board and fiberboard. Wet building materials also provide a perfect environment. Drywall and damaged carpet by things like flooding or leaking broken water pipes can become colonized by the toxins. To see under which environment the toxins grow best, the EPA created a chamber to simulate different enclosed indoor climates. They are also studying building materials such as drywall and ceiling tiles for toxic compatibility. The EPA's research is not nearly done yet but says their goal is to quantify the health effects of mold on humans and how much mold possesses a health threat.
In other government projects, the CDC recommends that ALL Mold infestations be treated the same way; CAREFULLY, which is good advice, but does it really take the CDC to inform people of that? They also recommend forgo the taking of samples of the mold and just outright remove it as quickly as possible. Of course we recommend contacting us for a full removal and remediation of your residential mold, asbestos or lead toxins.
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If your home has suffered water damage (see our Flood Management Services) from a said flood or broken plumbing it's probably a good time to check for Mold. In less than 24 hours Mold can grow and spread its fungi on materials such as drywall and wallpaper - see the Clean Air Council. Other materials like carpet, ceiling tiles, insulation, pillows, etc should be thrown away if in an infected area due to their absorption properties and will not respond to cleaning. Hard surfaces like Formica, concrete and ceramic can be cleaned however.
While the EPA is continuing to investigate the best ways to skill and stop toxic Mold, the CDC suggest a method of using bleach and water to kill mold but we prefer to let our expert technicians handle it. If you do attempt to clean the Mold yourself, make sure ALL of the Mold is removed, you can still get sick from dead mold left behind.
But don't wait for a flood to bring Mold into your house, take these everyday steps to prevent a mold breakout, better safe than moldy!
- Using your AC during humid weather
- Cleaning the Drain pans beneath Refrigerators
- Utilizing proper Ventilation Systems
- Use MOLD-RESISTANT products
- Monitor indoor humidity
- Direct flowing water away from residence
- Clean/Repair your roof & gutters
- Improve your home's airflow
- Monitor household plants