A substance such as mold that can cause an allergic
type of mold is often found indoors after a water intrusion
incident that has not been responded to appropriately. At
least one type of Aspergillus species produces aflaxatoxin
which is both a toxin and carcinogen. The most common form may
cause coughing, fever, chest pains, and breathlessness.
Mold assessment is
the process of identifying the location, and extent of mold
located within a building.
A chemical that kills mold.
This is a hand held device that permits the user to see
inside walls, ceilings, and other interior building areas to
determine if visible mold is present. It consists of a camera
located on the end of a flexible tube or snake.
Colony Forming Units.
This species of mold
often grows indoors when moisture has been present. This mold
may cause sinusitis, pulmonary infections, and infections of
the skin and toenails. Prolonged exposure may weaken the
immune system of animals and humans.
The process of water vapor in the
air converting into liquid water. Typically, this occurs on
the interior side of window glass in high humidity conditions.
It is the opposite of evaporation.
A device designed to reduce the
level of moisture in the indoor air generally after a water
intrusion incident. Moisture in the air is converted to water
and the water is then removed.
Fungi is a classification of organisms separate from
plants, animals and bacteria. Included are yeasts and molds.
Many fungi are parasites on plants, animals and humans.
Some produce biologically active compounds that are toxic to
animals and humans. These are known as mycotoxins.
A chemical that kills mold.
An organism of the
kingdom of fungi, feeding on organic matter.
A high efficiency particulate air
filter used as part of the remediation process.
High Ozone Shock Treatment
shock treatment or ozone blasting is a highly controversial
method of remediating mold within a building. There are both
advantages and disadvantages to the method.
This is a device that
measures the level of humidity in the indoor air.
Heating, ventilation, and air -
Greater than normal sensitivity to mold or chemicals.
An infection of the
cornea (eye) cause by certain molds.
This is a hand held device that
measures the level of moisture in building materials such as
drywall, wood, brick, stone, concrete and carpeting.
Molds are fungi which is a
classification of organisms separate from plants and animals.
There are thousands of known species. Some highly dangerous,
some are not. Some molds, known as toxic molds, produce
mycotoxins which are substances toxic to animal and human
life. Molds reproduce by means of spores which may remain
airborne for days or weeks. When spores land on a surface
suitable to sustain life, they begin to grow.
This is a secondary spelling for
is a toxic substance produced by some molds. Where conditions
are suitable, fungi proliferate into colonies where mycotoxin
levels can become dangerously high.
A condition that exists when
less air is supplied to a space than is exhausted from the
space, so the air pressure within that space is less than that
in surrounding areas. Under this condition, if an opening
exists, air will flow from surrounding areas into the
negatively pressurized space.
This is the matter that has come from
once living organisms. Organic matter serves as nourishment
for molds and is capable of decay. Examples of Organic Matter
||the paper covering most ceiling and
wall building insulation; and
||furniture and clothing made of fabrics
containing cotton, wool and / or leather.
Personal Protective Equipment
used during the remediation process and sometimes during the
assessment process. The equipment includes gloves, impervious
clothing, respirators, and eye protection.
Mold remediation is the process of
removing mold from a building after stopping the source of
Sick Building Syndrome
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a combination of ailments
associated with either a person's place of employment or home.
There are many possible causes including mold. Common symptoms
include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, skin
irritation, and other health related problems.
A spore is a reproductive
structure that is adapted for dispersal and survival for long
periods of time in unfavorable conditions. Once conditions
become favorable, a spore can develop into a new organism. Mold
reproduces by means of spores which are easily carried by air
There are more than twenty species of Stachybotrys Mold. The
species known as S. Chartarum is the most dangerous to animals
and humans because the mycotoxins produced can result in one or
more of the following depending upon the length of exposure and
volume of spores ingested or inhaled: chronic coughing; chronic
fatigue; fever; headaches; irritation to the eyes; nose and
throat; rashes; sneezing; nausea; vomiting and even bleeding in
the lungs and nose.
This is an infrared thermal camera used to locate areas of
excessive moisture inside walls and ceilings. They generally
cover larger areas than moisture meters.
Causing damage or death to plants,
animals, and / or humans. A substance that is poisonous.
Refers to the degree to
which a chemical, including those produced by molds, can harm
humans and animals.
Toxicology is the branch of medicine involved in the study
of the adverse effects of chemicals, including those produced by
mold, on humans and animals.