Mold in your home, school, or workplace is a serious concern for your health, since up to 40 percent of American schools and 25 percent of homes have mold infestations.
Mycotoxins, or the toxins some molds produce, can cross into your brain from your nose and eyes. Some of the more neurotoxic molds can cause central nervous system effects, such as cognitive and behavioral changes, ataxia, and convulsions.
Two of the better-known toxic molds include Stachybotrys chartarum ("black mold"), which can cause everything from headaches to cancer, and Aspergillus, which can cause severe lung infections, or progress to whole-body infections.
Mold is particularly dangerous for infants and children. There is evidence that some cases of SIDS may be related to toxic mold exposure.
How do I know if I have molds in the house? When it smells musty and vegetative and often like rotting food/debris.
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Mold Expert Explains How Extreme Weather Increases Dangerous Toxic Mold in Buildings Worldwide
“Ever-worsening extreme weather worldwide is significantly increasing the number of homes, commercial buildings, and public buildings that are infested with dangerous toxic mold growth,” warns Lee Maglanoc, mold expert and Certified Environmental Hygienist.
“Whether it is the devastating typhoon Yolanda in 2013 that killed over 6,000 people, or the widespread flooding in the United Kingdom and the U.S.A in 2013 and 2014, or the deadly floods in India and Pakistan in September of 2014, weather is becoming far more extreme and destructive over the past few years,” adds Mr. Gabel, who is also a Professional Industrial Hygienist, Certified Mold Inspector, and Certified Mould Remediator.
What is often overlooked as an unexpected consequence of extreme weather is the resulting extreme toxic mold growth in homes and buildings that are damaged by extreme weather. Extreme weather causes mold growth in several big ways:
1. Extreme rainfall and overflowing rivers cause flooding into buildings through crawl spaces, basements, flooded building levels, and leaks and defects in roofs and siding.
2. Building flooding soaks the insides of floors and walls, and thus causes massive and hidden mold growth in such areas.
3. Continued droughts in Arizona, California, Nevada, south-central Washington State, and other dry areas in Mexico and Central and South America, facilitate the widespread spread of airborne mould spores of the deadly mould disease Valley fever, also called coccidioidomycosis, which is an infection caused by the fungus Coccidioides.
4. Record heat waves in Australia, China, western USA, and in many other areas across the globe, whether from global warming or natural peaks and valleys in weather temperatures cause people to increase their use of air conditioning.
Whether a window air conditioner or a central air conditioning system, air conditioners are mold factories because of the combination of a wet environment and a continual input of airborne mold spores and mold food in the form of organic dust.
5. Extreme cold weather, such as experienced in Canada, USA, Europe, and North Africa, during the 2013-2014 winter season causes extreme mold growth because:
(a) frozen water pipes burst causing flooding and toxic mold growth inside ceilings, walls, and floors; and (b) roof ice dams (from the melting and re-freezing of melting snow) back up melting water beneath shingles and into attics to drive mold growth therein.
Property owners and tenants owning or living in houses and buildings that have suffered extreme weather should arrange for a thorough mold inspection and testing of the building, including inside its heating/cooling equipment and ducts, walls, floors, ceilings, attic, basement, and crawl space.