Don’t Put Off Mold Inspection and Testing
Mold grows slowly, right? And it’s just unsightly and doesn’t smell good, but not any real health risk, right? Surely the risks are blown out of proportion by media sensationalism and aggressive marketing messages. Just because we see a little discoloration in a wall and don’t feel so good is no reason to rush out and pay for mold inspection and testing. Right?
The Verdict Is in: Mold Is a Health Threat
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization and other health and environmental safety organizations have reviewed extensive research into the health risks posed by most species of mold. Their conclusions are clear: Mold poses health risks to many groups of people with compromised immune systems and other respiratory issues. And they cite early mold inspection and testing as one of the best possible precautions you can take to protect the health of people who live or work on your property.
It’s perhaps no surprise to learn that mold infestation in homes and businesses can harm small children, the elderly and people with various conditions that adversely affect their breathing. But the research also shows that some types of mold can threaten the health of even healthy adults.
Black Mold Is Toxic, Period
Recent research conducted under the auspices of the U.S. National Library of Medicine has resulted in respected organizations such as the Mayo Clinic to redraft language that previously attributed most health risks associated with mold to allergies. These agencies have begun to acknowledge a host of very grim maladies directly resulting from truly horrific toxins that some molds produce.
Black mold, or stachybotrys chartarum, is often referred to as “toxic” black mold because it produces trichothecene mycotoxins. Mycotoxins have been blamed for a wide array of health problems, including:
- Circulatory symptoms
- Skin problems
- Respiratory symptoms
- Reproductive system problems
- Vision and eye problems
- Immune system problems
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The trichothecene mycotoxins produced by stachybotrys chartarum black mold are neurotoxic, which means they disrupt or destroy neurons in the brain and nervous system. Neurological damage can result in a wide array of severe health problems, mental impairment, mood swings and even personality changes. Symptoms of neurological damage can include:
- Memory loss and memory problems
- Impaired learning ability
- Shortened attention span
- Aggression and other personality changes
- Diminished concentration
- Slowed reflexes
So, Really, Don’t Put Off Mold Inspection and Testing
If you see signs of black mold or any other kind of fungus on your property, you should investigate promptly. If you suspect mold problems in difficult-to-reach areas that you cannot check safely, you should call a mold testing and remediation specialist.
The risks of some serious health problems associated with mycotoxins are relatively low, but the consequences of exposure could be catastrophic. Don’t take chances with your health or that of others. Call Rarefied Air today, find out exactly what you’re dealing with, and breathe easier.