MOLD ~ Dangerous or not?

MOLD and your Health

Do we need it?

What are molds?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are some of the common indoor molds?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Then there is the one everyone is afraid of - Stachybotrys

What is Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra)?

Stachybotrys chartarum (also known by its synonym Stachybotrys atra) is a greenish-black mold. It can grow on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is required for its growth. It is not necessary, however, to determine what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.

Where can mold be found?: 

There is always some mold in the home or business. You open the door or window-in comes the mold. Attic fans bring in the mold. Basement windows bring in the mold. Mold grows and eats when conditions are right. Warm, wet, dark spaces. Attics with poor to no ventilation and unfinished basements are a common location for mold spores to occur and grow. Unfinished basements are another common area. Sump pumps, "french " drains and other areas for water to enter your basement provide the moisture source for mold to grow.

MOLD removal vs MOLD remediation?

Many companies advertise that they will "REMOVE" your mold. Because mold spores are found virtually everywhere both outside and inside the structure it is impossible to "remove" all mold. ARCO's remediation service proposal always includes our protocols. In other words - exactly what we will do. Our process. The chemicals we use. The equipment we use and step by step information on exactly how we will 

address your mold situation. CALL: 201-825-8818 or 201-316-5735