How A Little Mold Can Lead To A BIG Problem For You And Your FamilySlamdot Webmaster
Does the size of the mold area matter? If it’s small – I can take care of it, right?
We recently worked on a bathroom in Knoxville for a family that has been extremely sick for almost a year now. In particular, the mother/wife had been in and out of hospitals on pain medication and the doctors couldn’t figure out why she was so ill. The two children had been sick with upper respiratory infections and the entire family was just fatigued on a regular basis.
After multiple doctor visits, emergency room visits, and many missed work and school days, the family called a Knoxville home inspector. The inspector took an air sample test and the results were shocking. The mold spore count came back at 240,000! The mold was Stachybotrys chartarum – aka toxic black mold!
Check out a section of a CDC article about Stachybotrys mold:
What is Stachybotrys Chartarum?
Stachybotrys chartarum (also known by its synonym Stachybotrys atra) is a greenish-black mold. It can grow on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is required for its growth. 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.
Even though the affected area was the size of a three by three-foot square, it affected the ENTIRE home! So just because a moldy area is small doesn’t mean it should be handled by anyone other than a certified mold removal and remediation professional. If the family had chosen to clean this small area themselves, it would have certainly cross contaminated their property and made their health problems worse. Mold Doctors successfully remediated the mold in the bathroom and the family is back to being happy and healthy in their own home.