Mold Exposure Questions and Answers – Have You Been Exposed?
We recently found an article about mold exposure on the medicinenet website. It was very interesting to see more views on mold exposure. Do you think you have been exposed to mold? Mold is a common growth that can be found everywhere we breathe air. It is the high and extreme levels of mold that affect our health and breathing quality. When the mold spores inside our home become greater than those of the outside, we can start to feel the health issues that are associated with mold exposure. Mold exposure symptoms can range from slight allergies to severe lung issues.
Mold Facts – Mold Exposure
Mold lives indoors and outdoors. It thrives in any environment that is warm, damp and humid. Basements, crawlspaces and attics are the most common places to find mold growth. However, if you have had indoor water damage, you will commonly find it in and around the affected areas if it was not dried properly. Mold exposure is nearly inevitable at this point.
Mold exposure can cause reactions that include wheezing, rashes, runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, breathing problems and more. The best way to prevent mold exposure it to keep moisture levels in your home under control. The cooler and dryer your home is, the less likely you are to have a mold problem.
What is Mold – Mold Exposure
Molds are actually various types of fungi that grow and reproduce by forming spores. These spores are invisible to the naked eye until there are extreme amounts that become clustered. Mold is not mildew and they can often be mistaken for one another. Mold can also grow at any time of year; however, summer is when we see the most mold growth, which makes mold exposure a high risk problem.
The most common types of mold that can be found in our homes or places of business include Pennicillium, Aspergillus, Alternaria, and in less common cases you may find Stachybotrys Chartarum, the toxic mold. Since 2010, we have seen several cases of Stachybotrys Chartarum in homes and offices. These cases seem to be on the rise. There are many other types of mold that can be found in our homes too.
Mold will grow on household surfaces that are porous such as unfinished wood, drywall, paper, books, clothing, fabric furniture, carpeting, padding, dust and more porous surfaces. It can also grow in an array of colors causing each and every mold to look differently. Carpet mold looks like mushrooms that grow outdoors. There are over 100,000 types of mold, so it is impossible to determine which type of mold you have without having it professionally tested.
Is it Necessary to Test for Mold – Mold Exposure
According to the United States Environmental Protection Association (EPA) and the CDC, if you see mold, you should have it tested to determine mold exposure. There are currently no standards by the EPA or the CDC for establishing healthy and unhealthy mold spore levels; however, there are industry standards that determine if the levels of mold found indoors are within a healthy range or not. It is important to use a certified mold inspector and tester to do your mold testing. They have been trained to determine if you have a mold issue or not based on your lab results and their inspection. If your indoor mold spores are at acceptable ranges, you can rest assured that you and your family will not be affected by the mold health wise. If the mold spore levels are unhealthy, the inspector will make suggestions for remediating the problem so that mold exposure will no longer be an issue.
If you need mold testing to determine mold exposure in the Metro Atlanta area, call Morris Environmental Inc. at 770-546-3998.