One of the most severe long-term effects of water damage concerns – not the building itself – but the health of those who live or work inside of it. Untreated water damage provides the perfect conditions in which thousands of species of common molds can take hold and reproduce. Under ideal conditions – at least for the mold spores themselves – mold forms large colonies, which can quickly spread to other parts of an infected house, small business location, or any other structure.
One of the best ways to ensure that one avoids the risk of prolonged exposure to mold spores is to inspect potentially problematic areas regularly. There are hundreds of species of mold present within your home and workplace at any given time, to such an extent as to result in colonies under the right circumstances. Thousands of additional species are present in trace amounts. Under normal circumstances, these simply aren’t enough to affect most individuals’ health. At Vigilant Restoration, a Baltimore mold damage restoration company, we can help to ensure that things stay that way by confronting and minimizing the presence of mold within your home to normal, safe levels.
There are thousands of different species of mold, and the likelihood is that there are hundreds of different types of mold spores floating through the air in your house at any given time. However, in order to begin growing, reproducing, and reaching a level at which it might become a health problem, mold requires a place to settle and begin reproducing… and it’s fairly particular about what it needs. Often, it requires both a low light level and dampness, which makes water-damaged locations behind heavy furniture or appliances a particular problem.
• Aspergillus: This is an extremely common type of mold across the united states. If an old loaf of bread has bluish-gray fuzzy spots on it, it’s probably aspergillus mold. Aspergillus can also grow in cool and damp environments elsewhere in your home. It isn’t toxic, but it does provoke a relatively common allergic reaction; this can lead to respiratory distress over time.
• Cladosporium: this is a black and green mold with an appearance not unlike cracked black pepper. It grows on the backs of toilets, fiberglass structures that receive a good amount of airflow (such as air ducts) and any painted surfaces. It provokes an allergic reaction in many people that includes itchy red eyes, a sore throat, and coughing or sneezing.
• Stachybotrys: this is the classic “black mold” about which so many people are concerned. It is one of the more common varieties of mold to actually be toxic over prolonged exposure. In addition to causing an allergic reaction in many people, black mold can – over time – cause internal organ damage, reduced cognitive function, exhaustion, nausea, and mood swings.
Vigilant Restoration offers a thorough mold testing and removal service, with an identification process that is more than 98% accurate. We are prepared 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to come to your assistance in the event of an infestation. We will evaluate what types of mold are present in your home or office, as well as any problematic locations which might be contributing to an infestation – such as water-damage. For more information, give our Baltimore offices a call today. You may also request a free quote through the use of our online form; our professional mold removal experts will get in touch with you as soon as possible.