Mold has been around since our earliest records, at least since Biblical times. Read Leviticus Chapter 13: 47-50 and Chapter 14: 39-47 and you will see what I mean. Its main role is to break down dead materials. Mold is the “bio” in biodegradable. It performs an essential role in the
decomposition of organic matter and has fundamental roles in nutrient cycling and exchange. This fungi can break down manufactured materials and buildings, and become significant pathogens of humans and animals. Most of the mold that is found indoors comes from the outdoors, unless there is a “Red Flag” somewhere that needs to be identified. The spores are lightweight and float in on air currents, often being carried long distances before settling on a surface. In order for mold to thrive it needs moisture, a food source, and just the right temperature. Most molds prefer 40% or higher humidity on moist surfaces. When mold spores land on a wet or damp spot, they can begin to grow within 24 hours. They have the potential to cause health problems. Molds can produce allergens and toxic substances called mycotoxins. The pathways of these allergens and mycotoxins into the body are by ingestion, skin contact, and inhalation in a contaminated area. Minimizing mold related exposure will reduce the possibility of health impacts.
Mold spores can also find their way into the living space of homes, offices, and schools through the HVAC duct system. A poorly maintained HVAC system may have mold growth on or near the cooling coil and if not properly cleaned and maintained can spread rapidly throughout the duct system and into the living space.
Blinson Service Company, Inc is a Certified Mold Inspection and Assessment firm and can inspect, perform air sampling, swab sampling, and assessments for homeowners, real estate agents, insurance agents, or contractors.
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