Mold Removal is the fourth step necessary to restore your home back to normal. After an inspection, testing, and remediation, then comes mold removal.
Mold removal and mold remediation are technically two very different things. Typically when a person uses either term, what they are really talking about is both mold removal and mold remediation. Meaning, they want to reverse or stop the damage being caused by killing and denaturing the mold; AND they want it to be physically removed.
There are over 100,000 types of mold and fungi, and if you breathe in spores from any one of them in high enough concentrations, they can be bad for your health. Some are extremely mild, and pose imperceptible harm. For others, if you were to attend a professional mold remediator training, you would learn that they can be extremely harmful to your health. Six families of mold are particularly problematic and known to be allergenic, toxigenic, and/or pathogenic.
It is important to remember that mold spores are found in every breath we take; indoors and outdoors. A low count = fresh mountain air, while a very high count of that same type of mold = toxic air. It is the mold spore count per cubic meter that matters. Getting the count, down to acceptable levels over the long-term is the ultimate goal and result that we deliver at Pure Maintenance.
A mold can possess one, two, and in rare cases all three of these characteristics. Just like everything that affects our health, how our bodies react to different molds is dependent on the strength of our individual immune systems and genetic makeup.
These are molds that cause and produce allergies and allergic reactions such as asthma attacks. Like any allergy, the onset of symptoms can be very fast and affect only those who are susceptible.
These are molds that cause disease and infection are pathogens. Chronic sinus infections, aka sinusitis, can be caused by mold. Yeast infections, bronchopolumonary aspergillosis, certain pneumonia and thrush are examples of some of the many mold-induced infections. Fortunately thes are extremely rare for those with strong immune systems.
These are molds that produce VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). These VOC chemicals are called mycotoxins, and affect everybody negatively. Breathing these is akin to being breathing in smoke, aerosol sprays or gasoline vapors. They are bad for the healthiest, and for the severely immunocompromised, can be deadly.
Note: You may hear of a fourth category of mold called “Cosmetic Molds.” For us, the only accurate definition of a cosmetic mold is one that is fully remediated: denatured and dead.
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