Molds can be found most anywhere – indoors and out. There are thousands of types of mold in Tennessee and all over the world, many of which produce spores. Spores spread easily through the air and can form new mold growth on surfaces when conditions are right. Above all else, molds need moisture to live and grow. If there is mold growing in your home, there must be a source of moisture or a water problem.
Mold is usually not a problem indoors unless it finds a damp environment and starts to multiply. Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, mycotoxins.
Many people have no reaction to mold. Allergic reactions and irritation are the most common health effects for people sensitive to mold. Mold exposure can also trigger asthma attacks in people with asthma.
Molds grow in many colors, including white. “Black Mold” is NOT a species or specific kind of mold, and neither is”toxic mold”. Sometimes the news media uses the terms “toxic mold” or “black mold” to refer to molds that may produce mycotoxins, or for a specific mold known as Stachybotrys chartarum. Molds that produce mycotoxins are often referred to as toxigenic fungi.
And if you have already had remediation done, you need to have an Independent 3rd Party professional assess the work to make sure it’s been done correctly. This is called a Post-Remediation Verification (PRV). At the end of the day, mold remediation with a PRV isn’t really “remediation” at all!
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