Dangers of Mold in the Basement – Mold Testing
Mold testing is important because mold in the basement can hold certain health risks. Mold can be seen in fuzzy patches of growth, green, yellow, pink, brown, and black. There are over 1000,000 types of mold that are found both indoors and outdoors. However, any type of mold found in your home can cause health issues. When you find mold in the basement, it is usually an indicator that there is a moisture problem as well. And, mold loves to grow in basements because it is dark and humid. You should look into mold testing if you think you have a mold problem or see visible mold.
The most dangerous mold is Stachybotrys Chartarum. It is also known as ‘toxic deadly mold’. When this mold is found in the basement, it is not a good sign. You can only find out if you have this type of mold by mold testing. Stachybotrys Chartarum should never be found inside your home or business. It is not a good sign. The environmental conditions have to be prime for this particular type of mold to grow. And the basement is the prime spot for growth of Stachybotrys. It’s the high levels of moisture, darkness and poor ventilation that help it to stay active and grow. Again, you can only tell if you have toxic mold by mold testing. Mold in the basement is also a common problem because in many households, it is often a neglected space that is used for storage and goes unnoticed for months.
Possible Health Complications from Mold
Mold in the basement does not mean it is the black, toxic, deadly kind. However, you can still suffer from severe health complications when exposed to high levels of any type of mold. Complications can be mild for some people and very severe for others. Symptoms include nasal congestion, skin rashes, wheezing, lung problems, mental problems and more. If you have a low immune system, you are even more at risk for severe complications from mold exposure. Mold testing will help you discover if you are being exposed to mold, what type it is and the levels that were found.
Mold in the basement can be especially dangerous when it gets into the framework of an unfinished basement or in your air ducts. If not cleaned up or removed properly, it could compromise the entire home. You may discover the mold in the basement from a musty smell/odor, visible growth, water leaks, mushroom growth, and more.
Mold spores can be found everywhere. We live around it and breathe it in. The problem comes when mold spores are within high levels of our home that we start to see a big problem. Active mold in the basement is a huge problem around nation, but especially in the south east states. Mold testing is highly recommended when you think you may have a mold problem.
Indoor mold can not only be unsightly, it can also be quite smelly. Actively growing mold in the basement or other areas of your home will damage the material it lives on, such as books, walls, furniture and more. Active mold can actually impair the structural integrity of your home or business. The most well known toxic mold can and will cause extreme health issues. For instance, you may have recently heard about Suzanne Somers being misdiagnosed with cancer. Come to find out, her basement was full of toxic mold. She and her husband were both getting extremely sick and even experiencing hair loss. You can read her entire story here.
Indoor mold can be found in homes, businesses, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and many more areas. The only way to eliminate mold is by mold testing, which will help you find out what kind of mold you have. You can then get an action plan for how to get proper mold removal for your particular situation.
Common Indoor Molds
Some of the most common mold in the basement we see is Penicillim, Apergillus, Clasdosporum, Alternaria, Eppicoccum, Bedispore, Trichoderma, and rarely we find Stachybotrys. Because of the large variety of molds, you can only know what type of mold you have by mold testing.
Mold found outdoors has huge benefits to our environment. It breaks down organic matter such as grass clippings, leaves and dead trees. Different types of organic matter will grow various types of mold. We actually need mold to help our environment; it’s important.
In some cases we will find many of the same types of mold indoors that we did outdoors during mold testing. The complication begins when the levels of mold inside your home are greater than what was found outside of your home. That’s why it is so important to get your air quality tested so you know if your mold levels are with a safe range to live in.
If you need mold testing and mold inspections in the Metro Atlanta area, contact Morris Environmental Inc. at 770-546-3998. Or, schedule an appointment online. Fill out the form below.