Indoor Mold Detection and Inspection ServicesFor the most part, mold is everywhere and, whether you can identify it or not, chances are your home has mold lurking just under the surface. Mold is a part of nature, but the kind of mold that has spread in your home or business is the real issue. Mold spores migrate through the air and enter buildings through any opening, such as doors, windows and HVAC systems. They can also be brought into a location on clothing, shoes, and pets. It is practically impossible for you to prevent mold encountering your home. You need to take action when mold is growing in your home. Having an expert to rely on who will tell you the strain of mold present is priceless. Pair that with an expert who will develop the best way to treat it then perform the remediation process, and you have Paul Davis. We provide professional home and commercial emergency restorative services for a variety of disasters, including mold.
Indoor Mold Remediation and Abatement ServicesWhen Paul Davis performs an investigation on your residential or commercial property for mold, you have a licensed professional who has a high level of knowledge in this field. The detection and identification of mold is step one in what can be an arduous process. When it comes to the treatment of mold safely, the prime option is working with a company which specializes in all aspects of the process. Paul Davis offers mold remediation and removal services along with basic mold testing. Mold causes damage to your house along with major health concerns to your family. Unlike most allergens, mold will adversely affect the health of an individual whether they have allergies or not. Mold advances through any surface it's found in, meaning that the longer it remains untreated in your home, the worse its effects are. The professionals with Paul Davis can correctly identify the types of mold growing in your home and effectively deal with treating it.
Families of MoldThere are 3 general species of mold:
- Allergenic: These produce and cause allergic reactions.
- Pathogenic: These molds cause health issues in people which suffer from acute illnesses.
- Toxigenic: These molds produce toxic microorganisms.
- Penicillium - This mold most commonly thrives on wallpaper, wallpaper glue, decaying textiles, carpets and fiberglass insulation. It causes hay-fever type reactions and induces asthma attacks.
- Aspergillus - This is a warm weather mold that grows outdoors and indoors. It can be discovered in areas of extreme dampness and extensive water damage, as well as decomposing organic matter. It can also found in dust and produces mycotoxins.
- Alternaria - This mold is often located in textiles, dust, carpet, showers, soil and window frames. This is a large spore mold that deposits in the respiratory tract, mouth and nose.
- Cladosporium - This is the most commonly identified outdoor fungus that enters homes. It spreads in damp, porous environments such as wood and textiles. Both the indoor and outdoor variety trigger asthma attacks along with inducing hay-fever like reactions.
- Stachybotrys - This particularly insidious mold that produces high levels of airborne toxins, luckily is a less common household mold. It needs excessive damp to thrive, and causes breathing issues, symptoms reminiscent of the flu, hearing and memory loss, and bleeding lungs.
- Acremonium - This toxic mold grown in areas of moisture such as cooling coils, humidifiers, drain pans, and window sealants. It's a powdery mold that grows in an array of colors like grey, orange, pink and white.
- Aureobasidium - Aureobasidium is often found growing behind painted wood surfaces and wallpaper. It starts out pink or light brown in color then darkens to dark brown-black the older it is. This is a highly responsive allergic mold, inducing skin rashes and eye infections.
- Chaetomium - Chaetomium is found in residences after flooding or leaking and in chronically damp conditions. It has a cotton like texture, changes colors from white to brown or grey as it ages and has a dank odor. Chaetomium is also known to produce mycotoxins that affect the immune system and cause skin and nail infections.
- Cladosporium - Cladosporium grows in warm and cold areas and migrates rapidly on upholstery, fabrics, carpets and under floorboards. It has a strong reaction with wet tissues like the eyes, nose, mouth and throat.
- Fusarium - Capable of growing and spreading in cold weather, Fusarium is coral or pink in color and is commonly located in soft goods. A reddish variety is found in organic products like food and house plants, and both kinds can move rapidly through a home. Symptoms begin as skin infections, sore throat and runny eyes and can progress to brain abscesses and bone infections.
- Trichoderma - Trichoderma is a highly allergic mold with 5 subspecies. This rapid growth mold has a wool like texture and is mostly white and green. It thrives in consistently damp and moist areas like HVAC systems, upholstery and wood. Along with health symptoms associated with other mycotoxins, this mold also destroys the surfaces it grows on, causing decay and structures to crumble.
- Ulocladium - This mold is almost always located in bathrooms and kitchens and is one of the black molds. It contributes to respiratory ailments and asthma.