Mold is everywhere and it is not possible to rid the world of it, nor would we want to because it performs vital functions within the natural environment. However, when mold spores are introduced to a confined living space and gain access to moisture and organic material it can quickly pose a threat to the health of inhabitants.
Mold is a symptom of a moisture problem. The first step in dealing with a mold problem is to determine how to prevent the moisture that allowed the mold growth to take place. Foreign proteins in the mold structure, not just the spores or fungal fragments can cause a reaction. Nearly all parts of the mold structure and spores are potentially allergenic and some species of mold produce “mycotoxins”.
It is important to limit exposure to mold to the extent possible because any level of mold contamination has the potential to affect someone. Effects can range from mild allergic reactions to health conditions of a serious nature. A structure is considered contaminated when the level of mold contaminants is considered unsafe. These conditions and terms sound very broad in describing health effects of mold exposure and levels of contamination.
The broad nature of the effects of mold are due to the variety of mold present in the world and the varying health conditions of those exposed to it. If you think you have a mold, safe or unsafe call Russ at White Mountain Restoration and I’ll help you determine how safe your situation is.