Mold Testing & Inspection Company in Pennsylvania
Serving Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie, Pennsylvania
If you have your family living in a Pennsylvania home, that is every reason to test for mold. Mold naturally floats around inside and outside of every home on the planet. The question that comes to mind is, what kind of mold is it, and is it elevated beyond the outside air that we normally breathe?
In the mold testing industry, we have ways to detect mold from dirt, and other organisms that look like mold. We break it down from the 100,000 different types of mold, to exactly what you have in your Pennsylvania home. If you suspect mold in your Pennsylvania home, do not touch it. Call a professional right away.
Are All Molds Toxic?
Believe it or not, there are over 100,000 different types of mold. However, there are only a few that are considered dangerous to humans. Toxic molds are called such because their mold spores produce mycotoxins. Often called “black mold,” Stachybotrys (Stacky-bot-or-ris) is the most commonly known toxic mold. Mold, toxic and non, comes in a variety of colors: black, brown, red, green, white… The list goes on and on. Just because the mold you see is black does not make it toxic. It is always best, however, to be sure what you are looking at. Whether toxic or not, mold can pose serious health risks.
That said, not all mold spores are actually bad for you. Those delicious mushrooms from the farmer’s market are fungi. Penicillium is possibly the most common mold spore, and it is incredibly useful. Penicillin is made from Penicillium. And that delicious, funky blue cheese? It gets its funk from Penicillium, too. However, as no two molds are alike, and no two people are alike, each person’s reaction to each mold spore is different.
Symptoms of Mold Allergies
Some of the common indicators of non-toxic mold allergies include cold and flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, itchy and red eyes, stuffy or runny nose, etc. The list goes on and on. Toxic mold sickness symptoms include those, but go on to include some truly scary things. Things like seizures, swelling or bleeding of the lungs, irregular heartbeat, bleeding in brain and other organs, jaundice, immunosuppression, coma, and death. The complete list of the affects toxic mold sickness is, believe it or not, full of dozens and dozens more horrifying symptoms. It is important to remember that not everyone is affected by mold in the same way. Take any complaints of mold sickness symptoms seriously and act on them immediately. Even if you yourself are not having any symptoms.
This is even more important if there are children, the elderly, or anyone with a compromised immune system on the premises. A handy indicator of whether or not your symptoms are mold related is this: When you leave your home (or wherever you suspect mold) for a few hours, do your symptoms lessen? And do they then worsen when you reenter your premises? If so, there’s an excellent change that you have either a mold allergy, or worse, that your home is infested with toxic mold.
Hiring Mold Test USA will give you hard proof of what you’re dealing with, giving you an idea of what to do next.
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Pennsylvania Mold Law
2002 Pennsylvania Senate Resolution No. 171
Urges the Department of Health to establish a task force to investigate mold in homes, schools, and other buildings.
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