Mold/Fungi Problems Consultancy
Molds, also known as fungi are essential components of the ecosystem providing decomposition of many organic substances necessary to plant, animal as well as human life but excessive exposure to molds has been a health issue for humans. Various molds have been implicated as the cause of a variety of adverse health effects in humans such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, dermatitis, exacerbation of asthma, and respiratory distress. Molds grow on walls, curtains, or sufficient moisture (wetness) and organic matter are available in private homes, office buildings, schools, automobiles, and other locations.
Toxic mold or black mold can be deadly, especially to children with mold allergies. Toxic mold has become very significant issue in some parts of the world where foam board was used as wall insulation with no air space to let walls breathe. After black mold begins to grow, microscopic mold spores quickly become airborne and travel throughout air conditioning and heating systems. You can inhale over a half million spores per minute without knowing it.
Symptoms associated with Toxic Mold may include:
- sinus headache and nasal congestion
- memory and hearing loss
- skin rashes and hives
- excessive fatigue
- flu-like symptoms
- ongoing sore throat and chronic cough
- bleeding in the lungs
- pulmonary hemorrhage
- permanent cognitive defects
- increased risk of tuberculosis
Growth of toxic mold S. chartarum and other mold/fungi frequently occur in water-damaged offices or homes. These fungi have the potential to cause a negative health impact on exposed persons. S. chartarum, a mycotoxin producer, has been implicated in pulmonary hemorrhage of exposed infants in many parts of the world and also in sick building syndrome. All members of the household can be exposed on an ongoing basis to potentially disease-causing levels of fungi. Mold is a warning sign that there is a leak, it needs your attention, and must be fixed. Effective and cost-efficient methods of remediation are necessary to eliminate this potential health hazard from all contaminated areas.
Mold will grow and multiply under the right conditions in your office or home, needing only sufficient moisture (e.g., in the form of very high humidity, condensation, or water from a leaking pipe, etc.), and organic material (e.g., ceiling tile, drywall, paper, or natural fiber carpet padding). Be on the lookout for these common sources of moisture:
- Roof leaks
- Plumbing leaks, drainage problems
- Damp basements and crawl spaces
- Steam from the bathroom or kitchen
- Condensation resulting from poor or improper insulation or ventilation
- Wet clothes drying inside the home or a clothes dryer venting indoors
- Poor or improper ventilation of combustion Appliances
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS):
Headaches, upper respiratory irritation, fatigue, nausea, and membrane irritation are among the most common symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). SBS is a term used to describe health symptoms that seem to be linked to building occupancy without the presence of any other ailments or diseases. Complaints and symptoms are usually relieved after exiting the building. A diagnosis is made based upon the exclusion of other diseases and is determined through sampling and testing of indoor chemical and/or biological contaminants.
Buildings with SBS may cause its occupants to complain of: eye, nose and throat irritation; neurotoxic or general health problems; skin irritation; hypersensitivity reactions; infectious diseases; and sensory damage.
Many sources can cause indoor air pollutants within a building. They include: combustion sources, fire damage, building materials, furnishings, cleaning products, personal care products, water damage, poor air duct systems and bioaerosols such as bacteria and mold.
The e2e Quality Consultant Limited understands that clean indoor air is not something to take for granted. We offer a wide variety of microbiological analysis and consultation services (i.e., mold & black mold inspection, testing, abatement and decontamination and sick building contamination remediation) for both residential and commercial properties throughout the country with a high level of expertise and professional service that is second to none.