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Mold Growth & It’s Affects

Even though mold growth is a topic that is often talked about and there is a good general awareness about the dangers associated with infestations, it is still a major problem that affects households throughout the Bay Area. With the serious impact on human health, such as respiratory and skin issues, early detection and immediate remediation should always be a priority.

Mold has the incredible ability to grow and spread within as little as 24 to 28 hours. This isn’t so hard to fathom once we understand that all mold needs to grow is a damp surface and organic matter. Wood, carpet, drywall, nearly all fabrics, cardboard, dying plants, and even insulation are all perfect nutrient supplies for mold.

Common Causes of Mold Growth

When we talk about the most common causes of mold growth, flooding is at the very top of the list. Once a flood occurs it only takes 1 to 2 days before mold starts to develop. The lack of proper cleanup can allow small pockets of leftover moisture to become hotbeds for mold growth. The following is a small but good list of some of the most common causes of mold:

  • Recent flooding or a sewage backup
  • Roof leaks
  • Plumbing leaks & burst pipes
  • Bathtub and sink overflows
  • High humidity areas such as single pain windows

While most only know it by the term “black mold”, Stachybotrys Atra is the mold strain that poses the highest health risk to humans. It is especially toxic when exposure takes place over a long period of time. It’s high cellulose content allows it to thrive in wet organic materials such as wood and paper.

Of course, black mold isn’t the only toxic mold species that is harmful to humans. Any mold that produces “mycotoxin” can also wreak havoc on our well being. From symptoms as small as headaches to permanent neurological damage, and many other serious issues in between.

Mold Growth Contaminates Indoor Air

Aside from structural damage and the ability for mold to ruin personal belongings, mold can affect your home or business in another even more harmful way. Far and away the scariest affect mold growth can have on your home is it’s impact on air quality. When mold spreads, it does so by releasing “mold spores” into the air. Mold spores are tiny particles that carry mold from one surface to the next. During their journey they are inhaled by homeowners and their families. Once inhaled, mold can present itself in the following ways:

  • Serious respiratory conditions
    • asthma, wheezing, sneezing, sinus & nasal congestion
  • Eye irritation
    • itchy & watery eyes
    • severe redness of the sclera
    • burning eyes
  • Throat & nasal irritation
    • constant coughing, sneezing fits, nose bleeds
  • Unexplained body aches and pains
  • Nervous system complications
    • sudden memory loss
    • mood swings
    • sever headaches

When small children or eldery individuals become affected the risk for serious immune system issues increases significantly. In severe cases, significant & prolonged exposure to mold in indoor air can become a life-threatening issue.

The Importance of Mold Remediation Services

No matter what type of mold is growing in your home, one thing is for sure, hiring a professional mold remediation company is the best way to effectively stop mold growth in its tracks. The longer that mold is left and let to grow, the harder and more expensive the process will be. If you have suspected mold growth in your home, have noticed a wet/musty/earthy smell, or have unexplained allergies that seem to flare up in certain areas of your home, contact us today! We would be remiss not to mention that the majority of mold is not toxic. In fact, some molds are even okay for homeowners to clean themselves. However, as we mentioned befiore, mold can affect your home in many ways that are not health related. Our San Jose based team of dedicated mold remediation specialists are dedicated to providing around the clock services to the entire South Bay!

 

 

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What is Mold Remediation?

Something that always comes as a surprise to home and business owners alike is the fact that mold is essentially present everywhere. No that’s not a typo. But it shouldn’t scare your or be the source of much cause for concern. This is because most mold is harmless to humans. That being said, many types of mold can have an adverse affect on indoor air quality in several different ways. Mold remediation is the process of removing mold, halting it’s growth, and returning a premises back to normal levels of mold.

Do I Have a Mold Problem?

The problem with most dangerous mold growth is that it is rarely visible. Typically a home owner won’t notice mold growth in a home until long after an infestation has occured. This is why it is so important to understand the risk factors and warning signs of mold growth. For instance, recent water damage in a property will put it at a very high risk for mold growth. Whereas damp, musty smells, unexplained and/or increased allergy-like symptoms are a key indicator that mold is present in your home or business.

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A Look At Just How Fast Mold Grows

You may be aware that mold growth is a possibility in the days and weeks following moderate to severe water damage inside a home or commercial building. A frequent question that we receive however, is just how long does it take for mold to grow? The truth is that there is no simple answer to this question. While it is true that mold growth can begin in as little as 24 hours given the right conditions, it is also true that some water damaged properties never experience any mold growth at all.

The real variable that needs to be solved for is how effectively the water affected areas were dried and how long they stayed wet. Most water damage companies will tell you that you simply need to extract the water from the damaged area, remove any residual moisture, and voila! You have stopped mold growth dead in it’s tracks. Unfortunately this is not always the case.
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How Leaky Windows & Condensation Can Cause Mold

As we transition from summer to fall and eventually into the winter months one of the more common causes of mold growth in homes in the Bay area tends to reemerged. Warm conditions inside the home coupled with cold weather outside creates condensation along windows thoughout homes and businesses alike. If those windows are not properly sealed, water will collect along sills and walls creating prime breeding environments for mold.

Windows can leak due to various reasons including poor quality installation and extreme weather. Although in Silicon Valley we usually do not have to deal with the latter. When a window begins to allow water inside from outdoors due to a leak or from condensation, the moisture build up can cause havoc. Water on wooden window sills will can begin to cause rotting in as little as a few months. From the window sill, the water damage will eventually travel to the structure if left unchecked.

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Mold Exposure: Allergies, Illness, Reactions

As we continue to make our way through the latter half of summer, and march ever-closer to winter, the season of runny noses, sore throats, and frustrating coughing is nearly upon us. Being out and about and getting exposed to virus’ and other illness is usually the culprit however, some may notice that these symptoms seem to be worse at home. If this sounds like you, continue reading to learn about the hidden dangerous of mold exposure.

Although most types of mold are non-toxic to humas, there are certainly species of mold that can cause irritation and health issues. The most commonly known of all types, Stachybotrys Chartarum, aka black mold, is typically the source of mold related health problems. We call black mold “toxic” for a very specific reason, that is, it can produce mycotoxins, a chemical that can be deadly to human beans and animals alike. This is an imporant distinction as the mold itself is non-toxic, rather the mycotoxins produced by the mold colony is the toxic culprit.

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