F.A.Q. - MOLD, WATER, FIRE, SMOKE, AND MORE.
What are the health risks of mold exposure? What are symptoms and signs of mold allergy?
What kind of mold is dangerous?The mycotoxins produced by Stachybotrys chartarum are potent, but there is some evidence that only a few strains of Stachybotrys chartarum are toxigenic, indicating that this particular type of "toxic mold" may be quite rare. Aspergillis. Aspergillis is a family of molds, and only some aspergillis molds are toxigenic.
- runny nose,
- watery eyes,
- redness of the eyes,
- itchy eyes,
- skin irritation, or rash.
Can mold kill you?Black mold can kill. If you're exposed for long enough, black mold spores can shut down your organs, incapacitate your immune system, and damage your brain—resulting in death.
What does mild smell like?
In general, the smell of mold is unpleasant, and smells like something is moist in the room. Some people compare it to the smell of wet socks, or rotten wood or paper. When mold eats, grows and multiplies, it releases Microbial Volatile Organic CompoundsHOW DOES MOLD OR MILDEW AFFECT PEOPLE?
Some people are sensitive to mold or mildew. For these people, exposure to mold or mildew can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions like fever and shortness of breath.CONSIDER THESE FACTS:
WHERE IS MOLD FOUND?
- In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor mold or mildew exposure with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheezing in otherwise healthy people.
- The IOM also found suggestive evidence linking indoor mold or mildew exposure to respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.
- In 2009, the World Health Organization issued additional research in the WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould that addresses the causes and risks of poor indoor air quality.
- Other recent studies have suggested a potential link of early mold or mildew exposure to development of asthma in some children.
Mold is found in virtually every environment and can be detected indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors it can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors, mold can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.
HOW CAN PEOPLE DECREASE MOLD?
Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas.
SOME MYTHS ABOUT CONCRETE MOISTURE IN JACKSONVILLE AND ST AUGUSTINE FLORIDA
MYTH #1: If the concrete surface is dry, the slab is dry.
For most slabs that dry from one side, the surface is the only escape route for the moisture in a drying concrete slab. As moisture evaporates away from the surface, more moisture can move up through the slab. Therefore, it seems reasonable that if the surface is dry, it could be taken as a sign that there is no more excess moisture in the concrete. However, it has been demonstrated repeatedly that the surface of the slab cannot serve as an accurate indicator of overall moisture levels.
MYTH #2: All floor products have similar moisture tolerances.
At one time, flooring adhesives or some flooring materials were more consistent in their moisture tolerances because most products had a petroleum-derived base in their compositions. With the recent advent of the industry’s focus on lowering VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in building products, different adhesives and flooring products on the market today can vary greatly in their tolerances to extended elevated moisture conditions.
MYTH #3: The concrete is “old” so it has to be dry.
Even when a concrete slab has been in service for years, it’s still possible that moisture levels within the slab are high.
Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for an old flooring system to be removed, only to have the newly-installed flooring start to exhibit signs of moisture-related problems.
MYTH #4: The slab is not on grade so I don’t need to do moisture testing.
All concrete is affected by ambient conditions, and all concrete is susceptible to moisture-related complications if not adequately tested before the next stages of construction begin.
MYTH #5: Surface testing concrete gives a final accurate moisture level.
As was discussed above, any test method that relies on surface conditions is at risk of producing a false reading.
MYTH #6: No one really knows how to measure moisture in concrete…
FALSE…We do!! We use only the current science available to perform testing that is Accurate and Affordable.
WHAT IS THE HEALTHY HOME INSPECTION?
Its not your general Home Inspection. The Healthy Home Inspection is designed to identify potential critical health and safety problems before they can cause injury or health issues. It relies on a science-based systematic approach protocol that uses a visual assessment plus state-of-the-art instruments in the diagnostic testing to check your home for hazards and deficiencies, and then provides practical recommendations to correct them.
What areas in Jacksonville "home base" do we serve?
Commercial buildings are our specialty and we travel to the surroundings areas. Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Middleburg, Eagle Harbor, Pace Island, Arlington, Mandarin, Ortega, Ponte Vedra, Riverside,San Marco, Westside, Southside, Nocatee, Green Cove Springs, Julington Creek, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Palencia, Ponte Vedra Beach, World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Orange Park, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Sawgrass, Lakeside, Butler Beach, Vilano Beach, St. Johns, Plantation Oaks