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Mold - What you need to know

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Mold - What you need to know What You Need to Know

What causes mold growth and what kinds of problems can result from mold growth in a building?

Mold – What You Need to KnowMold growth in buildings is caused by moisture: liquid flow (a leak), high humidity/condensation, and/or capillary action (moisture through a block wall). Excess moisture can deteriorate structural components, adversely affect HVAC systems, and cause mold (fungal) and bacterial growth. The mold and bacterial growth in structures and within HVAC systems is not hygienic and can cause health problems and impact building systems operations.

What are some of the common health symptoms associated with mold and bacterial exposure in buildings?

Mold – What You Need to KnowHealth effects associated with mold (fungi) include infection, allergy, and toxic and irritant effects. Common complaints from occupants in problem buildings include headache, sinusitis, upper respiratory infections, skin rashes, asthma, general malaise, and central nervous system effects. Some molds are pathogenic and actually grow in and on people.

What should be done if musty, earthy, mushroom, and other mold like odors are perceived?

1Source Safety and Health (1Source) can conduct a survey to check for recent moisture intrusion and materials that have been wet. Mold growth can be hidden in the structure of the building. 1Source will perform a visual inspection and sampling survey for the presence of microbiological contamination or growth and recommend a strategy and program to effectively solve the problem.

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