Allergens are substances that create immune system reactions in humans and animals. Allergens can include mold and mildew that cause people to suffer from hay-fever-like symptoms, red and watery eyes, sneezing and wheezing, asthma-like symptoms, rashes, sinusitis and sinus problems, and more.
Also known as: allergen, allergenic mold
Allergenic molds are types of mold that cause allergic symptoms in individuals who have sensitivity to that type of mold. Allergenic molds usually cause mild symptoms and discomfort, and rarely cause life-threatening responses. This can include runny eyes and nose, coughing, scratchy throat, skin rashes, and sinus trouble.
Also known as: allergens, allergic reaction to mold, allergy-causing mold
Antimicrobials are cleansers and microbe killing surfactants that suppress, slow or kill microorganisms on contact. Many mold mitigation companies use antimicrobials to kill mold and mold spores during mold removal services.
Also known as: disinfectant, mold killer, antimold spray
Mold removal companies often use containment methods to prevent mold spores from moving throughout the home or business during removal. Common types of containment include barriers, seals, air-locks, negative air filtration systems, plastic sheeting, HEPA filters, and other methods to control and prevent movement of airborne mold spores. This can prevent secondary contamination and the spread of mold.
Also known as: containment barrier, mold containment system, mold spore containment
Cleansers, antimicrobials and other solutions that kill mold and mold spores, and that disinfect areas prone to mold are known as disinfectants. Disinfectants are rarely 100 percent effective, but they do limit the amount of mold and spores that exist in a home or business.
Also known as: disinfectants, mold disinfectant, disinfectant spray
HEPA filters, are High Efficiency Particulate Air filters. These super-efficient filters can capture and remove up to 99.97 percent of particles that are 0.3 microns and larger. HEPA filters are often used by mold remediation companies to remove mold spores from the air to prevent mold from spreading throughout a home or building.
Also known as: HEPA filters, HEPA, HEPA mold filters
Mold that grows in areas that aren't easily accessible or seen is known as hidden mold. This type of mold can be found in walls and insulation, under carpeting and carpet padding, behind cabinets or shelves, between the rafters and the ceiling, in crawlspaces and attics, above drop ceilings, in HVAC ducts or venting, and other areas not easily visible. Hidden mold is dangerous because residents may not know it is present, and may not realize it is the cause of allergic response, illness or other health problems. Mold removal companies should be able to find hidden mold using mold testing services and by moving or removing materials that may be impacted.
Also known as: invisible mold, unseen mold, mold behind walls, mold under carpeting, mold behind cabinets, mold in HVAC system, mold in insulation, mold in attic, mold in ceiling
Microbes are microorganisms such as fungus and bacteria that cause indoor air contamination. Microbes, including mycotoxins released by toxic mold, can be invisible to the naked eye and can be hard to locate without mold testing or other testing for indoor biological contaminants.
Also known as: mold microbes, mycotoxins, MVOCs, Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds
Mold can release mycotoxins,which are substances that are harmful to humans and pets. Mycotoxin affects the cells and body tissues of people who breathe it in, and it can cause serious health problems from allergic responses to organ failure.
Also known as: mycotoxins, microbes, allergic response to mold
Mold remediation is the act of removing mold from homes and other buildings and repairing any damage caused by the mold or the removal of the mold. Remediation of mold may also include removing all contaminated materials, eliminating excess moisture and the cause of excess moisture, preventing moisture and wetness to build up in mold-prone areas, and rebuilding the area affected by mold.
Also known as: mold remediation, mold removal, mold repairs, mold mitigation services
Mold spores are the reproductive cells of mold. They are very tiny and cannot be seen by the naked eye. They travel easily in air, on clothing and material, and even on pets and human skin. Mold spores can stay suspended for long periods in the air and can be moved from room to room and home to home by air movement and as transfer on clothing and skin. Mold removal services must take care not to spread mold spores during mold eradication work. Barriers and filtration systems should be set up to prevent mold from spreading.
Also known as: mold spores
Toxic mold, including toxic black mold, are types of mold that create serious health problems in humans and animals. The results of toxic mold can include short-term toxicity including allergic responses and irritation to long-term problems such as a compromised immune system, cancer and even death. Toxic molds including toxic black mold must be carefully and completely removed from homes and other buildings where humans are present, and people who have had exposure to toxic mold should be under the care of a physician to rule out long-term health problems.
Also known as: toxic black mold, toxic molds, toxic mold removal, toxigenic mold
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