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Posted by Susan Lillard  
Thursday, 22 August 2013

 Eric Rajchel

MI&T | Mold Inspection & Testing
Title : Mold Inspection & Testing informs people all Black Mold is not Toxic 

 As research continues to support the idea of health issues coming from living in indoor environments with mold problems, many home and business owners are finding themselves concerned. According to the CDC, in 2004 the Institute of Medicine determined that being in these types of environments can cause upper respiratory problems like cough, wheezing, trouble breathing, or other similar asthma like symptoms. They also determined being around certain species of mold that produce mycotoxins like Stacybotrys can cause unique and rare conditions like pulmonary hemorrhage or memory loss. For this reason, stachybotrys has become notoriously known as "" toxic black mold." 

The experts at Mold Inspection & Testing are determined to help the general public realize that not all species of mold that are black are of the toxic variety. Certain species of mold like cladosporium are non-toxic and can be seen around a home or business on occasion. For example, that spotty fungus you see in a bath tub, on air conditioning vents, or a window sill is most likely cladosporium and nothing to be concerned about. A problem is that this mold can appear black and often times people get concerned that their indoor air quality is in jeopardy. 

For those of you that do not know, mold growth releases mold spores into the air. Since mold is naturally occurring all around us both outdoors and indoors, a little bit of mold like the non-toxic variety mentioned above is usually nothing to worry about. On the other hand, when conditions that promote mold growth are present it is very possible that they can start to have negative health effects. Even if a species of mold is not "toxic" like stachybotrys, it can still have negative side effects once at elevated levels. For this reason, a mold inspection complete with ""mold testing.  Mold testing can be a very valuable service to anyone that suspects they have an indoor mold problem beyond normal proportions. 

  A typical mold inspection should include a full visual check of the entire property looking for any red flag areas like water intrusion, excess moisture, and/or visible mold growth. The testing needs to include an outdoor "control" sample to serve as a control and set baseline numbers for what is normal and acceptable in the area. It is then compared to an inside air sample that is taken from the area identified as the area of greatest concern in the visual inspection. Comparing these identify what species of mold is present and how much of it, basically if there is a problem or not. Additional air or surface samples can be taken to confirm a source of a problem or see how far a problem has spread. If elevated conditions do exist, the mold inspector should provide the customer with a protocol for mold removal. 

 You want to make sure that the inspector you hire is independent from the removal process in order to assure an unbiased inspection. MI&T is the largest, test only company in the nation and provides its services to over 50 major metropolitan areas. If you'd like to see if they service your area or ask them any questions about your problems, give them a call at 855-600-6653.

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