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Mold/Allergen Testing

We collect air-o-cell, swab and bulk samples for lab testing and supply you with the results of the lab report. Below is just some of what you need to know about mold in your home.

 

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 "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home"


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There are four kinds of health problems that come from exposure to mold: allergic illness, irritant effects, infection, and toxic effects. For people that are sensitive to molds, symptoms such as nasal and sinus irritation or congestion, dry hacking cough, wheezing, skin rashes or burning, watery or reddened eyes may occur. People with severe allergies to molds may have more serious reactions, such as hay-fever-like symptoms or shortness of breath. People with chronic illnesses or people with immune system problems may be more likely to get infections from certain molds, viruses and bacteria. Molds can also trigger asthma attacks in persons with asthma. Headaches, memory problems, mood swings, nosebleed and body aches and pains are sometimes reported in mold complaints, but the causes of these physical symptoms are not yet understood. The toxic effects of certain molds are not well understood, and are currently a controversial topic in the medical and scientific community. There is evidence of specific long-term toxic effects from eating foods with mold toxin. Unfortunately, very little is known regarding the actual health risks from breathing in or skin contact with mold toxin. Allergic disease is now considered the most likely health problem related to mold exposures. Research into the possible health effects related to mold exposure continues today.

It depends on the situation and the person. This question is difficult to answer in the same way it's hard to say how much sun causes a sunburn: the amount varies from person to person. What one person can tolerate with little or no effect may cause symptoms in another individual.

The long-term presence of indoor mold may eventually become unhealthy for anyone. Those with special health concerns should consult a medical doctor if they feel their health is affected by indoor mold. The following types of people may be affected sooner and more severely than others:

  • Babies and children
  • Elderly persons
  • Individuals with chronic respiratory conditions or allergies or asthma
  • Persons having weakened immune systems (for example, people with HIV or AIDS, chemotherapy patients, or organ transplant recipients)

Some types of molds can produce chemicals called mycotoxins. These molds are common, and are sometimes referred to as toxic mold. There are very few reports that toxic molds inside homes can cause unique or rare health conditions. If you think you have a mold problem in your home, you do not need to find out what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same when it comes to health risks and removal. All indoor mold growth should be removed promptly, no matter what type(s) of mold is present, or whether or not it can produce mycotoxins.

Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra) is a greenish-black mold that can grow on materials such as drywall or sheetrock, ceiling tiles and wood when they become moist or water-damaged. Not all greenish-black molds are Stachybotrys chartarum. Some strains ofStachybotrys chartarum may produce mycotoxins. Whether a mold produces mycotoxins depends on what the mold is growing on and conditions such as temperature, pH, humidity or other factors. When mycotoxins are present, they occur in both living and dead mold spores, and may be present in materials that have become contaminated with molds. While Stachybotrys is growing, a wet slime layer covers its spores, preventing them from becoming airborne. When the mold dies and dries up, air currents or physical handling can cause spores to become airborne.

Currently, there is no test to determine whether Stachybotrys growth found in buildings is producing toxins. There is also no blood or urine test that can tell if an individual has been exposed to Stachybotrys chartarum spores or its toxins.

Typically, indoor air levels of Stachybotrys are low. As with other types of mold, at higher levels adverse health effects may occur. These include cold-like symptoms, rashes, sinus inflammation, eye irritation and aggravation of asthma. Some symptoms are more general - such as inability to concentrate or fatigue. Usually, symptoms disappear after the mold is removed.

Many molds are black but are not Stachybotrys. For example, the black mold often found between bathroom tiles is not StachybotrysStachybotryscan be identified only by specially trained professionals through a microscopic exam or by cultures. The Department of Health does not recommend that people sample mold growth in their home. All indoor mold growth should be removed, regardless of type.

Get an A/Q (air quality) test.  Whether you do or do not suspect mold growing in your home the most experts in the field will suggest getting air quality testing done.  The cost is very minimal in comparison to the problems it can cause with your health and not to mention if the wrong mold starts growing in your home it could completely diminish the value of your home.  We have personally seen the entire interior of a home covered in mold.  Normal worth of that home was 4.5x what they finally sold it for with mold damage.

WHAT IS THE COST FOR AIR QUALITY TEST OR MOLD SWAB TEST?

The cost for Air Quality Testing is $195. at the time of inspection and an additional $35. for each each additional floor more than a one story.  The cost for a swab test, done during your inspection (if we visually find mold) is $75. for each swab  Call us for your custom price quote.  770-893-2271

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