Mold in your crawl space or attic is not only bad for your home, but also bad for you. If mold is growing in your home, it can create unhealthy air and affect those with respiratory or immune system problems. Because of this, mold remediation is crucial to the well-being of your family and home. Clean Crawls provides mold remediation services that give you Peace of Mind for Your Attic and Crawl.®
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Once mold has been identified in your home, either by yourself or by a mold removal inspector, our mold remediation services begin. We start by isolating the area and eradicating any airborne mold spores, then move on to treating contaminated materials with commercial grade mold and mildew remover. Any material that cannot be remediated will be removed and discarded. Once the job is done, we thoroughly sweep and vacuum the area free of debris, and finally treat the area with an EPA-registered anti-microbial product.
This type of mold inflicts upon organic materials what is commonly known as biodeterioration. Easily growing on leather and cloth, especially in humid conditions, aspergillus mold contributes to the “musty” odor of older couches, armchairs, clothing items, and shoes. Authorities have classified certain species of this mold to be toxigenic, toxic to humans, and pathogenic, able to cause disease. Instantaneous removal of aspergillus infested furniture, items, and materials is imperative.
One particular type of mycotoxin that results from aspergillus mold is commonly known as “aflatoxin.” This especially dangerous mycotoxin is a potent carcinogen, capable of causing cancer in human tissue. In addition to causing cold symptoms and exacerbating asthma, aspergillus mold can infect both humans and animals and potentially grow inside them.
Penicillium mold indoors indicates an abundance of moisture. Most often, these damp places are crawl spaces or attics, which often collect moisture due to poor insulation. The mold is known to easily catch in upward drafts and circulate through the air pockets between floors and contaminate the air quality in the upper levels of the building or house. Also, this mold often grows in carpet, wallpaper, and insulation that has undergone water damage and is located in high moisture atmospheres.
Penicillium molds are considered allergens, affecting skin and bronchioles. In addition to normal cold symptoms, penicillium molds are known to release mycotoxins that cause extrinsic asthma. When symptoms of penicillium mold exposure become more acute, people can suffer from edema or bronchial spasms.
Stachybotrys mold, similar to penicillium mold, grows in wet, damp, or water damaged areas. Even though black mold only grows on wood or paper products, it is still one of the most common types of mold found in homes. Dark brown or black in color, Stachybotrys mold carries with it some of the most detrimental health effects. In addition to the usual allergic reactions people feel when exposed to fungi mycotoxins, black mold can affect people neurologically. Symptoms of exposure to this mycotoxin include confusion, brain fog, dizziness and disorientation, short attention span, memory loss, depression, seizures, numbness, or even shock.
Black mold mycotoxins can also be absorbed through the skin or ingested into the lungs. When these toxic spores find their way into the individual’s bloodstream, they can cause low blood pressure, heart damage, irregular heartbeat, or even hemorrhaging. If you see mold growth in your home that fits the description of black mold, waste no time to address the problem. The consequences of putting it off could be severe.