Many clients who experience mold issues in their properties are often also concerned with their clothing in the immediate vicinity of a mold concern.
One of the first questions which arises is whether or not the client should throw the clothes away, or whether they are salvageable. The answer to this question, in short, is: it depends.
The following is a list of suggestions when dealing with mold affected clothing:
1. If there is no visible mold, then the clothing is salvageable by washing the clothes and drying them in the sun.
2. If there is visible growth on the clothing, but no holes, the clothing can be taken to a dry cleaner to attempt to salvage the clothing.
3. If the clothing has had mold growth on it for a extended period of time, and has been eating through the clothing/material, then the clothing is most likely not salvageable at this point.
Mold on clothing usually arises due to high humidity in a closet (especially when living close to the ocean). However, this isn't always the case.
If you are having concerns about mold on clothing or excessive moisture, it is always best to consult with a certified mold inspector to ensure the correct procedures are followed and the source of mold is delineated.
Many previous clients have reported seeing mushroom growth in their bathrooms. This can sometimes be jutting out of baseboards, or next to the shower from incidental spillage, and sometimes even be growing out of the base of the toilet.
When mushrooms are present in a bathroom, this usually indicates a wider moisture issue. Here are some examples:
Mushrooms growing out from under the baseboard: this can sometimes indicate an active leak within the wall cavity, and there could then be considerable mold growth within the cavity since the water profile was high enough that mushrooms have developed.
Mushrooms growing out from under the toilet: this can indicate a toilet leak, which could be from a broken wax ring. If mushrooms are growing, then moisture could have entered the surrounding tile/carpet which could need inspecting to deduce further information for mold concerns.
Mushrooms growing from caulking: this is rare, but if it's occurring, can indicate ineffective caulking whereby moisture is getting in behind the caulking and creating moisture buildup.
If mushrooms are present within your bathroom, it is wise to call a mold inspector or water damage specialist to further assess the area to address the area before it potentially gets any worse. Don't ignore it!
In a recent article published on the EMLAB P&K bacterial and mold lab testing website, the reasons why Ozone remediation in properties is flawed were outlined by Dr. Harriet Burge. The following is a list of fundamental reasons as to why the ozone medium isn't recommended for mold resolution:
1. No single peer-reviewed, academic study supports the notion of using ozone technology for mold remediation.
2. Although higher levels of ozone have been shown to reduce levels of fungi, these concentrations also have the ability to damage building contents.
3. Ozoning has been shown to reduce fungi levels on hard surfaces, and to be much less effective on porous surfaces. This is an issue since a lot of mold issues are present on porous materials, such as drywall.
4. The use of the ozone technique can create a separate air quality issue in the property and potentially be hazardous to occupants and workers.
The contents of this article are in reference to a previously published article, which can be found HERE.
Aspergillus type mold (species not specified) was recently discovered at a children's hospital in Seattle.
The mold was discovered in the ventilation system, which spread to 14 rooms. With exposure to Aspergillus, symptoms resulting from certain species of this type of mold are referred to as Aspergillosis, which is a resulting infection.
Mold issues within the HVAC ventilation system command more attention since spores can be dispersed throughout a property within a system which should be enhancing the air quality, but is rather compromising the air quality in a property. Testing for airborne mold spores in each room in this event can help determine where the spores are spreading, as well as consulting for a mold inspection and an HVAC inspection by a licensed HVAC technician.
For the full article, click HERE.
The information in this article should not be take as medical advice and the author is not a medical doctor. If you're having health issues relating to mold in a property, consult with a medical professional.
Facts taken from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Healthy Homes Issues: Mold. Version 3
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