Health Effects of Mold Exposure
Molds produce health effects through inflammation, allergy, or infection. Allergic reactions are most common following mold exposure. Typical symptoms that mold-exposed persons report (alone or in combination) include:
- Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Eye irritation (burning, watery, or reddened eyes)
- Dry, hacking cough
- Nose or throat irritation
- Skin rashes or irritation
Headaches, memory problems, mood swings, nosebleeds, body aches and pains, and fevers are occasionally reported in mold cases, but their cause is not understood.
Who should have a Mold Inspection?
Exposure to mold is not healthy for anyone inside buildings. Therefore, it is always best to identify and correct high moisture conditions quickly before mold grows and health problems develop. Mold can begin to grow after only 24 hours of a high moisture condition or water intrusion. Any building where a high moisture condition or water intrusion has gone undetected or addressed for a period of 24 hours or greater should have a mold inspection. Additionally, some people may have more severe symptoms or become ill more rapidly than others:
- Individuals with existing respiratory conditions, such as allergies, chemical sensitivities, or asthma.
- Persons with weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV infection or cancer chemotherapy patients)
- Infants and young children
- The elderly
AART Mold Inspection Services
AART's Certified Mold Inspector provides visual inspections, air sampling and surface sampling. Inspection services range from a client defined area to a complete building inspection. Post Cleaning and Clearance testing are also offered in post remediation situations. Results are typically available in 5 to 7 days. Rush service offers results in 24 hours and is available at an additional cost.