The amount of mold required to be harmful to health can vary significantly from person to person. Some people with allergies, asthma, or other chronic health conditions can suffer serious negative consequences from exposure to low levels of mold, but others may have a much higher tolerance. There is really no universal standard. In fact, the EPA has no established federal limits for mold or mold spores. Here is what the Environmental Protection Agency has to say regarding mold exposure and the need for mold: “Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building’s compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.”
Negative Health Effects of MoldAlthough there are no federal standards for mold, that does not mean you should not have mold inspections or mold remediation services for your home or business. Exposure to mold can have a number of minor and serious health consequences. According to the CDC, potential health effects of mold include:
“Mold exposure does not always present a health problem indoors. However some people are sensitive to molds. These people may experience symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation when exposed to molds. Some people may have more severe reactions to molds. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Immunocompromised persons and persons with chronic lung diseases like COPD are at increased risk for opportunistic infections and may develop fungal infections in their lungs.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.”
Mold Removal by Action RestorationAction Restoration offers a variety of mold removal services in the Gulf Coast region, including:
- Air duct cleaning – an HVAC system that does not properly drain can be a source of mold growth within your air ducts. Mold spores in your HVAC ducts can easily spread throughout your home or business, threatening the health of family members or employees. Our air duct cleaning services will remove mold from your air ducts, leaving you with a safe and healthy air system.
- Surface cleaning – we will clean and decontaminate all affected areas with our environmentally friendly ASA-1000 decontaminant solution.
- Mold removal – if any contaminated areas cannot be cleaned, we will remove and dispose of these items. Generally, carpet, drywall, insulation and furniture cannot be cleaned of mold and will have to be replaced.
- Mold inspection – after mold remediation is complete, Action Restoration will perform a comprehensive final mold inspection to ensure that the mold is gone.
- And more!