What is Mold?
There are a number of different types of indoor molds some of which are known to be extremely dangerous to human beings. Molds are forms of fungi that are found naturally in the environment. They live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter. Outdoors, mold plays a key role in the breakdown of leaves, wood, and other plant debris. Molds belong to the kingdom Fungi, and unlike plants, they lack chlorophyll and must survive by digesting plant materials, using plant and other organic materials for food. Without molds, our environment would be overwhelmed with large amounts of dead plant matter.
What Causes Mold to Grow?
Molds make tiny spores to reproduce, just as some plants produce seeds. These mold spores can be found in indoor and outdoor air, and settled on surfaces in both environments. Indoors these mold spores travel through the air and when they land on a damp spot, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they have landed on in order to survive. Since molds gradually destroy the things they grow on; you can prevent damage to building materials and furnishings, by identifying mold early in its life-cycle and eliminate it.
Molds need food, water and moisture to survive; since molds can digest most things, water or moisture is the factor that limits mold growth. Molds will often grow in damp or wet areas indoors. Common sites for indoor mold growth include bathroom tile, basement walls, areas around windows, wood, and some types of drywall where moisture condenses, damp attic spaces, and near leaky water fountains or sinks. Common sources or causes of water or moisture problems include roof leaks, deferred maintenance, condensation associated with high humidity or cold spots in the building, localized flooding due to plumbing failures or heavy rains, slow leaks in plumbing fixtures, and malfunction or poor design of humidification systems. Uncontrolled humidity can also be a source of moisture leading to mold growth, particularly in hot, humid climates.
How Can Mold Affect My Health?
All mold types have the potential to cause harmful health effects. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxins that may trigger adverse reactions in humans. The types and severity of symptoms depend, in part, on the types of mold present, the extent of an individual’s exposure, the ages of the individuals, and their existing sensitivities or allergies. There is a direct correlation between indoor mold exposure and human disease.
How Can We Help You?
The work should be performed in a controlled environment, which consists of isolating the work area with a plastic room encompassing the affected mold areas and installing an air filtration device of sufficient size equipped with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. The Workers should be dressed in disposable uniforms and wear the required respiratory protection. The purpose of the mold containment and the proper respiratory protection is to prevent facility occupants or home owners and the remediater from being exposure to mold in the air.
American Environmental Construction, because of its background and expertise in dust control and abatement procedures, is well placed to safely mitigate mold projects in the residential and commercial market place.
We can, and will, develop a work plan to remediate mold in your environment that will be cost effective and the work will be completed in a quick and effective manner.
Our job truly is to make your job easier!