Know the Types of Mold
There are a variety of different types of molds that you might encounter in your business. Please note they will vary in toxicity. Here are a few to be aware of and where you can find them:
Penicillium and Aspergillus can be found pretty much anywhere. Penicillium is what the popular antibiotic Penicillin is made from. Penicillium is a known type of fungus that encompasses a large number of fungal species. The mold is discolored and ill-defined appearance. Penicillium and Aspergillus grow in a variety of places including food, office supplies, fabrics, wallpaper, and household dust.
According to the Mold & Bacteria Consulting Lab, “Penicillium causes food spoilage, colonizes leather objects and is an indicator organism for dampness indoors. Some species are known to produce toxic compounds (mycotoxins). The spores can trigger allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to mold. Therefore, the health of occupants may be adversely affected in an environment that has an amplification of Penicillium.”
Stachybotrys is a known part of the Aspergillus family. Stachybotrys is very dangerous. When most people are talking about toxic black mold, Stachybotrys is what they are referring to. Stachybotrys is a greenish black, slimy mold that can grow on a number of different substances. Typically this kind of mold is started when the item is immersed in water for a long period of time. You will usually see the affected areas of Stachybotrys or “black mold” growing on paper, sheetrock or wood, not normally on linoleum, tile or concrete. According to Moldopedia, “Stachybotrys is known as a toxic mold because it produces toxins called mycotoxins.” You will notice black mold where there has been flooding and water damage. Service Squad specializes in commercial black mold removal.
Toxic Black Mold Symptoms
The mycotoxins of black mold cause people to suffer very serious toxic symptoms. The general types of indicators caused by toxic black mold include: (According to Moldopedia)
- Respiratory problems
- Skin inflammation
- Irritation of the mucous membranes
- Damage to internal organs
- Mental impairment
- Immune system suppression
Fusarium is usually found in grains and plants. You may see them lurking in sump pumps, humidifiers, and flooding
Chaetomium, the “Species of Chaetomium are strongly cellulolytic molds commonly found in soil, on paper, straw, cloth, cotton, and other cellulose-containing substrates. They have caused problems in libraries, archives, and the food industry. Because of their bio-deterioration ability, several strains are used in testing materials for mold growth resistance.” (Mold & Bacteria Consulting Lab). Common places you may find Chaetomium in the workplace includes hospitals where, after bone marrow transplants, can cause nosocomial infection. As a landlord, you should be concerned about “Chaetomium growing on wallpaper, drywall, baseboards, carpets, and window frames.”
Now is the Time to Remove the Mold
Mold damage can greatly affect restaurants, hospitals, hotels, retail businesses, and office spaces. The process of cleaning up the contaminated area can also dangerous. It’s imperative to have the right tools, cleaning solutions and experience to clean up mold, because during the cleanup process the mold spores are unsettled and can become airborne. For this reason, it is best left to a professional mold removal company.
Another thing that makes the mold so dangerous is that certain strains of mold are extremely harmful to people and it gets established very easily. Mold is most commonly found near leaky pipes or other water sources. It does well in damp warm climates and spreads via airborne spores. Service Squad specializes in identifying buildings with mold, investigating what kind of mold it is, locating its source, and eradicating it in its entirety.
Mold is extremely tricky because if the entire infestation is not terminated, it can easily come back. And most likely it will be even harder to get rid of. Mold becomes resistant after using the same methods over and over again. This is why we carry commercial quality mold removal products that kill mold completely the first time, and even and even in some cases, help prevents mold. Call Service Squad to ensure that the mold is extracted correctly the first time around.
Since it takes an expert to know which kinds of mold are dangerous it is best to call Service Squad right away. Service Squad is known for our highly specialized mold removal specialists. They know the different types of mold and mildew and how to eliminate them.
Mold can cause a variety of airborne and internal sicknesses if not properly disposed of, not to mention the damaging effects they have to your property. So let Service Squad come help clean up your businesses today. Waiting can cause additional damage to health and property. Schedule your mold extraction services today.
The mold spores are airborne so can lurk in your air ducts. For this reason, Service Squad purges your airways and HVAC. We have commercial HVAC systems that are perfect for removing your mold problem. So call Service Squad’s mold remediation team and let us help you breathe easy.
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Mold and Bacteria Consulting Labs: Penicillium species: the mould that saved millions of lives
Moldpedia: Toxic Black Mold (Stachybotrys)