Duct Dusters will perform professional IAQ
testing in your home or office and provide you with a detailed report from
a laboratory. Duct Dusters will send one of our Laboratory Certified
Medical studies have found
that mold is the #1 cause of allergic symptoms. The black mold
Stachybotrys found in home, office and school environments has been linked
to fatal pulmonary disorders. Duct Dusters IAQ Tests utilize patented
laboratory analytical method for accuracy and reliability.
To help detect the
possibility of mold, do you notice any of the following?
- Discoloration or black mold on
baseboards, wallboards, or wallpaper.
- Cracks in shower tile, lack of caulking,
loose toilet seal, leaks under sink
- Carpet and padding in direct contact
with concrete slab
- Poorly maintained or dirty air
conditioning/heating vents and filters
- Damp basement or crawl space
- Water penetration (water marks on walls,
mold spots on walls)
- Musty/ moldy odor
If you answered YES to any of the above
questions, then you could be EXPOSED TO TOXIC BLACK MOLD!
What is Mold and
Where Is It Found?
Molds are microscopic organisms, found virtually everywhere, indoors and
outdoors. Molds can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other
organic material. Also susceptible to mold growth are cellulose materials,
such as, cardboard, paper, ceiling tiles, and sheet rock. Mold spores are
easily detached and made airborne by vacuuming, walking on a carpet or
sitting on a couch. In indoor environments, mold can grow in air
conditioning ducts, carpets, pots of houseplants, etc.
How Can Mold Affect Your Health?
Exposure to mold is not healthy for anyone but the following individuals
are at a higher risk for adverse health effects: infants, children,
elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women, and individuals with
existing respiratory conditions. When inhaled, even in small amounts, mold
can cause a wide range of health problems including respiratory problems
(wheezing), nasal and sinus congestion, watery and red eyes, nose and
throat irritation, skin irritation, aches and pains, fevers, asthma,
emphysema and in some cases even death.
Mold Can Be Found In Many Areas Of Your Home
- Living Rooms
- (HVAC) Ventilation System
- Any Moist Areas
How Can You Be
Exposed To Mold?
When moldy materials become damaged or disturbed, spores (reproductive
bodies similar to seeds) can be released into the air. The following are
sources of indoor moisture that may cause mold problems in your home or
office: flooding, leaky roofs, humidifiers, damp basements or crawl
spaces, constant plumbing leaks, house plants, steam from cooking,
shower/bath steam and leaks, wet clothes, and clothes dryers vented
indoors. Protection...Testing Is Your First Line Of Defense
To find out if mold is a problem in your home or office, you must
conduct a IAQ test!
The Black Mold
Stachybotrys Chartarum (atra)
Stachybotrys Chartarum (atra) is a greenish-black toxic mold that
colonizes particularly well in high-cellulose material, such as straw,
hay, wet leaves, dry wall, carpet, wall paper, fiber-board, ceiling tiles,
thermal insulation, etc. Stachbotrys, before drying, is wet and slightly
slimy to touch. There are about 15 species of Stachybotrys, known
throughout the world. This toxic mold grows in areas where the relative
humidity is above 55%. This type of mold does not grow on plastic, vinyl,
concrete products, or ceramic tiles. It is not found in the green mold on
bread or the black mold on the shower tiles.
Stachybotrys produces a mycotoxin that causes human mycotoxicosis.
This type of mold is thought to be a possible
cause of the sick building syndrome. Children's exposure to Stachybotrys
spores are thought most likely to cause pulmonary hemosiderosis (bleeding
in the lungs). The following is a list of symptoms associated with
exposure to Stachybotrys mold spores:
- Respiratory problems, such as wheezing,
and difficulty in breathing
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Eyes-burning, watery, reddened, blurry
vision, light sensitivity
- Dry, hacking cough
- Sore throat
- Nose and throat irritation
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin irritation
- Central nervous system problems
(constant headaches, memory problems, and mood changes)
- Aches and pains
- Possible fever
- Possible hemosiderosis
- Immune suppression
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