Orlando is known for being hot and humid with plenty of rain fall, and this moisture can wreak havoc on your home or building causing water damage and mold to infest and grow in your walls and foundation. Mold can be incredibly harmful to occupants if left unchecked for too long, and may cause permanent health problems. If you believe that your indoor environment may have mold, it is vital that you seek professional mold testing services right away. Healthy Home Environmental Services, LLC offers mold inspection and home health support; contact us today at 407-273-9387.
Mold can grow almost anywhere that has a porous material such as mattresses, cabinets, drywall, ductwork and particle board, making detection difficult. If you suspect mold, the first thing you should do is contact a licensed mold inspector to conduct a visual survey of your property. They will take air, wall cavity, ceiling cavity and surface samples as needed so they can have a better understanding of the degree and density of the mold, and will then identify what steps need to be taken to remove it. We are a mold assessment company, we do not provide remediation services but can refer you to several in the Central Florida area.
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
There are three types of mold spores, each causing a different set of symptoms:
- Allergenic: Mold spores that cause an allergic reaction in those that breathe in it, such as wheezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, rashes, and fatigue.
- Pathogenic: Mold spores that cause a suppression of the immune system leading to chronic pain, respiratory problems, and sinus infections.
- Toxic: Mold spores that are very hazardous and may lead to more serious health concerns such as mood swings, anxiety, depression, memory lapse, and confusion.
Mold Exposure Can Cause:
- Skin Rashes
- Digestive Problems
- Frequent Headaches
- Respiratory Problems
- Chronic Aches and Pains
- Sinus Infections or Congestion
- Mood Swings, Anxiety, and Depression
- Trouble Concentrating, Memory Lapses or Confusion
- Itching or Irritation of the Nose, Eyes, Throat, or SkinWhat are Mycotoxins?
Mold Testing Services
At Healthy Home Environmental Services, we focus on determining the existence of mold growth, the mold type, and the airborne concentrations of mold spores. The samples we take from your home include:
- Ambient air samples (the air you breathe in a room)
- Wall and ceiling cavity samples
- Surface samples (bulk material, swabs, tape lifts)
We will do a complete mold inspection of your home, business, school, or rental property that is specifically designed to identify sources of water intrusion. Our findings, recommendations, conclusions, and color digital photographs will then be compiled into a complete, written report that, upon request, you may give to your chosen remediation specialist.
Mold Remediation Support Services
If the mold investigation and mold testing of your property determines that you have a mold problem, we provide a written remediation protocol plan that outlines how the mold should be professionally remediated. This scope of work can be submitted to companies that specialize in professional mold remediation.
After the mold has been properly remediated, Healthy Home will perform a clearance test to make sure that all mold remediation containment chambers are properly constructed and free of dust and debris.
- All microbial growth is cleaned and/or removed
- All building materials associated with the mold problem are dry
- There are no current sources of water intrusion
- Airborne mold spore samples collected meet industry guidelines for clearance
What Are Mycotoxins?
Mycotoxins are the organic poisons produced by mold or fungi. They are highly toxic secondary metabolites and are documented to be “carcinogenic (cancer causing to people and livestock). Once inside the human body these toxins do not behave like poisons and become intercellular. Some mycotoxins have been known to attach to the mitochondrial DNA and can cause irreversible and permanent genetic damage, along with neurological damage, and damage to the brain and other organs.
Potential Health Effects From Mycotoxin Exposure
- Kidney Toxicity
- Immune Suppression
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Acute Pulmonary Hemorrhage
- Aplastic Anemia
- Birth Defects
Making the Connection
Mycotoxins are some of the most toxic substances in existence and certainly should not be ignored when found in our indoor structures. If your environmental report states that any of the following toxins are present in elevated levels they may be affecting your health. Some disease causing mycotoxins commonly found in our environments are: Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium and Stachybotrys. Healthy Home Environmental Services allows you to definitively connect your environmental reports to your medical reports, giving you and your physician the ability to make correct dictions about your health.
Here’s How It Works
You are experiencing adverse health effects after living or working in a mold contaminated environment. Since mold typically needs a food source an initial inspection is performed to locate the source followed by air sampling and/or direct sampling methods. Environmental mycotoxin testing can be requested at the time of initial testing or after based on initial testing laboratory results. If the presence of environmental mycotoxins are detected clinical mycotoxin testing is then recommended on exposed occupants, mycotoxin testing is performed using a simple urine specimen which can detect the toxins that come from pathogenic or disease causing species of mold. The medical mycotixin test comes in a sealed kit with instructions for specimen collection and a pre-paid label to ship your specimen directly to the medical laboratory. Healthy Home Environmental Services NEVER receives clinical medical laboratory results, all guidelines are private, subject to government guidelines and regulations and go to you, the patient directly.