This service determines whether harmful mold is present in a home. Exposure to bacteria and fungus in indoor air has emerged as a significant health problem in residential environments as well as in occupational settings. Molds and mildews are names given to thousands of species of filamentous fungi. They have clusters of spores, which are the reproductive product of the mature mold, that are located on the end of tiny stalks. The web-like body, or mycelium, attaches to porous surfaces and may contain chemical compounds, some of which can be poisonous and toxic to humans. Spores pose a larger health concern because they become airborne and can be inhaled. They can also create health problems ranging from allergic reactions to respiratory tract inflammation and infection, depending on the exposure and tolerance of the individual. For more information visit:
- Sources of Information on Indoor Air Quality: Mold
-- EPA materials on mold and indoor air regulations.
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