• Molds are around us all the time.
  • Mold and fungi are interchangeable words. Mildew is a specific kind of mold. Mildew grows on the surface.
  • Hyphae are the root like structure of the mold or fungi. Mildew has no Hyphae
  • Toxin producing molds can cause severe health reactions in some persons.
  • Some molds produce toxins in the form of gases called “mycotoxins”. Toxic vs. Allergenic Mold
  • Stachybotrys is a toxic black mold that requires lots of water and 7 to 12 days to develop. It can produce “mycotoxins”. Does not become airborne easily. Tar like…gooey texture.
  • Aspergillus fumigatus produces toxins which are the most potent cancer causing chemical known to man. Aspergillosis is a respiratory disease caused when susceptible individuals are exposed to concentrations of Aspergillus fumigatus. Results in a large “fungus ball” growing in the respiratory system. Grows in a dryer environment.
  • Aspergillus and Penicillium can grow very quickly; sometimes withing 48 to 72 hrs.
  • Different mold species will grow and thrive in different/various wet environments.
  • It is not necessary, however, to determine what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.
  • Not removing mold properly can result in spreading the mold beyond the effected area.
  • Mold is as dangerous in its dead and decaying phase as that of live mold. Allergen.
  • If you can start the dry–down within the first 12 hrs and be dry within 48 to 72 hrs, the building will most likely have no adverse side affects from mold growth.
  • If you see mold growth on drywall, there may be a far worse condition inside the wall cavity.
  • Some mold can start to grow in the first 24 hours from the time of a water loss.
  • INHALATION is the primary route of exposure due to mold exposure.
  • Respirators should be worn until remediators are outside the decontamination chamber.
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