Mold Remediation in Hampton Roads: Fungi Growth & High Humidity Problems
Mold Fungi: Fungi with colored mycelium and/or spores that grow on surfaces, including wood, drywall, insulations, paper and coatings. They use free sugars and carbohydrates as a food source and can only affect structural integrity in very wet situations, causing soft-rot.
Decay Fungi: Fungi that grow within materials, typically wood, and use the structural components (cellulose) as a food source. This results in rapid destruction of wood (rot).
Moisture Is The Key To Fungal Control
The modern home environment can provide all of the elements needed for successful fungal growth. By focusing on the factors that affect fungal growth, we can take steps to prevent it.
Water will lead to fungal growth if not remedied quickly. Less obvious is penetrating and rising damp. This is water that can come up from the ground or through exterior walls because the wall material (e.g. brick) is porous and can conduct water.
For an environment to be free of fungal problems, it is necessary to avoid excess moisture. Any problems associated with water entering the house must be corrected.
Health Effects Of Fungal Growth
According to the Nisus Corporation Mold & Fungi Technical Bulletin, wood rot and decay-fungal activity leading to structural failure and collapse of a building has a very significant cost implication, as well as possible impact on health and safety. Studies now show that non-structurally impacting mold fungi may also be associated with negative health effects.
In a damp home with active fungal infestation, spores are continually produced as part of the normal life cycle of the fungus. These spores are complex biochemical particles, the same as pollen and other antigens, and as such may potentially cause hay fever type symptoms, asthma, eczema or other types of allergies. A few fungal spores are always present, but in a damp home there can be several thousands of spores for every cubic yard or air space. Some fungi can also produce potentially harmful chemicals known as mycotoxins.
Toxic Black Mold
While most molds and mildews are a general nuisance and can cause minor health issues, some are more harmful. One of the most dangers molds is toxic black mold. The conditions that allow mold and mildew to grow are particularly especially good for the growth of this mold. Toxic black mold has a particularly strong and distinct odor that accompanies it, and this is your best indication of an issue.
When you notice that smell, call the mold remediation specialists at Strata immediately. Only a specialist can properly identify mold and inform you if you are, in fact, dealing with toxic black mold. This mold is a serious danger, and you should always address the issue as soon as possible.
How to Spot Mold in Your Home
If you spot mold or mildew growth in your Hampton Roads home, you know it’s time for mold remediation services. But sometimes detecting a mold problem isn’t as simple as being able to see it with the naked eye. Sometimes mold can be hidden in internal structures, but there are still signs that your home has a problem.
If you or anyone in the home is experiencing an increase in cold or flu-like symptoms, allergies, or asthma, this is a good indication of mold issues. Most molds also have a distinct smell that accompanies their growth. Additionally, if you’ve noticed an increase in the humidity levels in your home, or have suffered recent flood or water damage, a mold problem is likely.
Only a mold remediation specialist like those at Strata can properly deal with a mold problem. When you get an inspection, we’ll be able to tell you what type of mold your dealing with. We’ll also uncover any hidden mold causing problems for you and your family. Call us today to schedule your appointment!
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