Toxic Mold Makes People Sick

toxic mold makes people sick

Asthma, Coughing, and Hypersensitivity to Mold

The medical community agrees: mold makes people sick. People that have breathing challenges, shouldn’t live in damp, moldy buildings. We are not medical experts, so we’ve added some links at the bottom of this page to interesting medical studies on mold and health.

Remember the Salem witch trials in New England 300 years ago? Ergot, a fungi  made them do it. This toxic mold grew in the stored grain feeding the town. That Ergot poisoning made everyone tragically crazy. Fortunately most of us don’t store untreated grain in our kitchens or is it used by our favorite restaurant. But water damage that creates mold growth can cause an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals. Or worse. Whether it’s your family or your rental, fix the water problems sooner rather than later. It will safe you grief and money.

Mold hypersensitivity may happen in living or working areas that have water damage. Initially these symptoms may be mild, things like sniffles and a sneeze or two. Usually, if the mold in the building is removed and properly cleaned proven with successful clearance testing, the occupants usually return to complete health. If occupancy goes on the symptoms can become worse with lung infections and asthma-like symptoms. Often people living in water damaged buildings have a wide variety of health symptoms. Some people will also develop multiple chemical sensitivities.

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Take the photo above as an example. Had the building owner replaced the original window when it began leaking the cost would have been under $1000. As it is now, an abatement company needs to come in and erect plastic containment around all the areas of damage. Install and run loud air cleaning equipment day and night while all the building materials that are damaged are removed from the wall, floor, an all impacted building materials. These materials are  removed outside to a dumpster without cross contamination of the clean adjacent areas. Then those areas are cleaned up. The areas are retested to for mold clearance. Oh yes, the outside of the building was damaged, also. Think asbestos building permits for the entire project. Along with lead-based paint. And then there’s the rebuild. Probably cost $175,000+ and take six months to a year. It’s San Francisco.  

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