How Mold Can Contaminate Indoor Air Quality
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Did you know that mold is present everywhere? Many microscopic organisms are found both indoors and outdoors. Since there are about 150,000 mold species, it’s no wonder that they are a normal part of our environment.
Not all molds are toxic or dangerous to our health. Some, in fact, cure of us health problems. Penicillin is used to fight off infection. This means that if you live in a home with no mold, the environment isn’t natural. By the way, this is impossible unless it’s a completely sterile environment.
Short List of Useful Molds
– Rhizopus is used in the production of the drug cortisone.
– P. roqueforti or Penicillium roqueforti is used to make cheese.
– Aspergillus flavus is used to make soy sauce and cheese in China for centuries.
– Many other molds are used to produce alcohol, chemicals, citric acid, and oxalic acid.
Common Indoor Molds:
Toxic Mold Can Cause Health Problems
If you are having any of the following symptoms, call for an indoor air quality test. If you live in the Clearwater, FL area and you don’t have an HVAC contractor you can trust, call ours at Advanced Cooling Systems Inc.
– Respiratory Distress
– Irritated Asthma
– Lung Diseases
– Coughing Up Blood
– Flu-Like Symptoms
– Systemic Infection
– Chronic Stomach Problems
– Regular Nose Bleeds
– Impaired Immune Function
– Pulmonary Hemorrhage in Infants
Many people who are exposed to toxic mold are not affected significantly enough to be of concern. But others who are more vulnerable to disease or health problems can have a severe reaction that is long-term or permanent.
About Indoor Air Quality Tests
While an indoor air quality test can find mold in your home, that’s not all they can find. Have you heard of VOCs? This is the abbreviation for the term Volatile Organic Compounds.
VOCs are undetectable gasses that have been released into a closed environment where they concentrate into a toxic substance with time.
For instance, nitrogen dioxide or carbon dioxide can build up within the confined space of a house and cause serious health problems or death. Asbestos is often found in indoor air quality tests as well.
Having good indoor air quality means you have a home environment that is safe to spend time in. If you haven’t ever had an indoor air quality test done, it’s time to get serious and have one done.