HOW CAN I BE EXPOSED TO MOLD?
Mold Inspection Los Angeles
When moldy materials get damaged or moved, spores (reproductive bodies similar to seeds) can be released into the air. Exposure routes include:
• Inhalation of mold spores or mycotoxins;
• Direct skin contact with or inhalation of moldy materials, and
• Accidental ingestion.
HOW DOES MOLD GROW?
Mold spores grow under three conditions: humidity (licking water, condensation), temperature and poor air circulation. All molds need water and a food source to grow. Mold can grow almost anywhere there is water damage, high humidity, or dampness. In Los Angeles, most often, molds are confined to areas near the source of water. The removal the water source through repairs or dehumidification is critical to the prevention of mold growth. However, spores that spread through the air may remain dormant until conditions are right for growth.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Increased indoor mold concentrations can affect anyone in the house, but those who are most at risk are asthmatics, immune-suppressed individuals, people with allergies, and both old and young people. Renovation/demolition workers may be at a higher risk for exposure than the average person.
Facilities that have are threatened by the presence of hazardous mold include:
• Daycare facilities
• Schools (portables)
• Retirement homes
• Recreation centres
• Office buildings
• Water-damaged buildings
Call CSI Mold to get a Los Angeles mold inspection.