There are 400,000 classified kinds of molds, but only 100,000 have been named. Approximately 1,000 indoor molds have been identified. Even though around 80 of them cause some type of illness, only a very few are actually toxic. One way that molds are classified, is by the reaction that people have to them. One type of mold is called “allergenic.” These can cause scratchy throats, coughing, itching and/or watery eyes, similar to symptoms of hayfever. Most symptoms are mild, and seldom serious. A second type of mold is called “pathogenic” mold. These types can cause infections in people who have compromised immune systems. Most people, however, can resist them. The third type is called “toxigenic” mold. These are the most serious, and include the “black mold.” The official name for black mold is Stachybotrys atra (s. atra), and everyone can be affected by it. It has been associated with pulmonary hemorrhage in infants, resulting in death. It can cause cancer, strokes, a compromised immune system, and many other serious illnesses. Many people do not take the presence of mold seriously. Additionally, it is a mistake to think that it can be taken care of using bleach or another substance. Mold hides in walls, behind drywall, under windowsills, in carpet, damp attics, and anywhere there is a moisture problem indoors. It is very difficult for the layman to find and get rid of it all. A professional can help you.
Have a professional mold inspector come to your home or building to conduct a mold inspection. They can take samples for identification, and notify you of the kinds of molds that they find.
Once identified, in terms of types and extent, mold remediation (treatment and removal) can begin to rid the area of these molds.
Natural and nontoxic cleaners can be used to cleanse your environment of all molds. More than one application may be necessary.
Once the molds have been removed, cleanup begins, and this will help prevent the recurrance of these problems. Eliminating the causes is crucial to mold prevention.
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