Molds are ubiquitous in nature, and mold spores are a common component of household and workplace dust. However, when spores are present in large quantities, they are a health hazard to humans
Exposure to mold may cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems.Some molds also produce mycotoxins that can pose serious health risks to humans and animals. The term “toxic mold” refers to molds that produce mycotoxins, such as Stachybotrys chartarum, not to all molds. Exposure to high levels of mycotoxins can lead to neurological problems and in some cases death. Prolonged exposure, e.g. daily workplace exposure, can be particularly harmful.
Infants may develop respiratory symptoms as a result of exposure to a specific type of fungal mold, called Penicillium. Infants will begin to show respiratory problems if they have a persistent cough and/or wheeze.
- The basic goals of any mold investigation are always twofold: 1) find the locations of mold growth, and 2) determine the sources of the moisture.
- Call Synergy to have as estimator contact you (800-439-9610) We’ll be onsite within 24 hrs to survey and estimate (if needed). An estimate will be generated within 4 hrs of site inspection. Work will commence within 24 hrs of go ahead.
- We’ll remove the mold in the affected area, collect mold samples and send to a certified lab. Completed air tests will be sent to you within 48 hrs.
Molds are found everywhere inside and outside, and can grow on almost any substance when moisture is present. Molds reproduce by spores, which can be carried by air currents. When these spores land on a moist surface that is suitable for life, they begin to grow. Mold is normally found indoors at levels that do not affect most healthy individuals.
Because common building materials are capable of sustaining mold growth, and mold spores are ubiquitous, mold growth in an indoor environment is typically related to water or moisture indoors.
Testing is accomplished with numerous methods, such as air testing, tape lift, swabbing and bulk sample analysis. Your Synergy Enterprises technician will choose the appropriate method for testing given the size and space of the contaminated area.
The cost and timing for remediation and air testing are of course dependent on the size and scope of the project. Small areas of contamination can be cleaned within a few hours, with testing results following within 48 hours.
Beyond the scope of the project, cost factors can be influenced by difficulty of access to exposed areas, work hour limitations or other limitation events set by the client.