Mold plays an important role in the outdoors where it breaks down dead and decaying organic matter. But the presence of mold inside your home is undesirable. Mold propagates with the help of tiny spores which cannot be seen by the naked eye. When these mold spores settle down on a damp surface, they start proliferating. Mold can cause some health problems. If you live or work in Salt Lake City, Orem, Provo or Springville, Utah, and you want mold testing to be done in your home or commercial building, call Aerolite Consulting. Most homes have ‘red flags’ that can cause mold growth. The moisture level inside structural components may be elevated; there may be water stains on walls, ceilings, musty odors, poor ventilation in the attic, or negative grading. When mold starts growing on a structure, the latter will be gradually destroyed. But the good news is that mold damage and related health problems can be prevented by moisture control.
Health effects from mold growth
Mold can also cause some health problems. It produces allergens which cause allergic reactions, irritants, and even toxic substances called mycotoxins. If you inhale or touch mold, you may develop allergies such as a runny nose, sneezing, skin rash, and red eyes. These are quite common. More severe reactions are shortness of breath and fever. If you have asthma, mold may trigger an asthma attack. Moreover, exposure to mold can also irritate your skin, throat, nose, and lungs in both non-allergic and allergic people.
Mold testing by Aerolite Consulting
Aerolite Consulting can undertake visual inspections and air sampling to detect mold growth in your Utah home or commercial building. We thoroughly inspect all areas that could potentially harbor or encourage mold growth. In homes, these include showers, water heaters, under the sink, the laundry area, and areas around your toilet. In commercial businesses, it would include kitchens and bathrooms as well any other areas that may be exposed to water or moisture. We will also check for leaks from your roof, around your windows, siding, as well as water intrusion through the foundation. Once we are able to visually identify the mold, we can say whether or not the mold is likely to produce toxic elements. We have specialized equipment to test the air inside your home or commercial building for mold, and compare it with the external air.
Remediating a mold growth problem is crucially important to the health of anyone who lives inside your home or works in your building. Beyond improving health, by cleaning up mold you will help protect yourself against liability and lawsuits if you own residential buildings or a commercial property.
If you are living in Salt Lake City, Provo, Sandy, Park City, Orem, Springville or elsewhere in Utah, and if you want to learn more about mold testing or asbestos testing, feel free to contact Aerolite Consulting today.