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Why Does Mold Make You Sick?

Why Does Mold Make You Sick?

When your home has suffered from water damage, mold should be one of your biggest concerns as a homeowner. Different types of mold can grow on just about any surface that has been damaged due to flooding, plumbing issues, or even small leaks, which can cause significant health risks to those living in the home.

The most common health symptoms of exposure to mold include:

  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation or rashes
  • Wheezing, coughing, or other respiratory issues
  • Fever

People with mold allergies or pre-existing respiratory conditions are more susceptible to these health effects, but even perfectly healthy individuals can be affected.

What Types of Mold Make You Sick?

While many types of mold are merely cosmetic, there are three main classes of mold found in your home that can cause illness and have an impact on your health: allergenic, pathogenic, and toxic molds.

Allergenic Mold

As the name suggests, allergenic mold has the largest impact on those who suffer from mold allergies. This class of mold is typically harmless in small quantities, but can be problematic for allergy sufferers. A few dozen classes of mold can cause allergic symptoms.

Molds produce spores in order to reproduce. These spores float through the air, looking to attach on to surfaces. When these spores are inhaled, they can cause allergic reactions.

Approximately 20-30% of people experience allergic responses to these types of mold.

Health Effects of Allergenic Mold

Common allergic reactions include hay fever symptoms such as itchy eyes and nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny mucus, and a phlegmy throat. Those with mold allergies can also have asthma attacks triggered by prolonged exposure to mold.

More serious cases can result in allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, whose symptoms include severe shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.

Pathogenic Mold

Pathogenic mold is more harmful to the population as a whole. This classification of molds causes infections—even in people who are otherwise in perfect health.

These infections are known as mycoses, which vary in severity. They can either infect skin, hair, nails, or muscles (superficial, cutaneous, subcutaneous mycoses), or infect deeper organs like the lungs, bones, or central nervous system (deep organ mycoses).

These differ from allergens in that these types of mold actually grow on human tissue, either on the skin or internal organs.

Health Effects of Pathogenic Mold

Pathogenic mold can cause mycoses that result in a variety of ailments or symptoms such as chronic coughs, bloody mucus, loss of appetite, sudden or gradual weight loss, wheezing, chest pain, muscle aches, headaches, skin irritation, and more.

Many mycoses are asymptomatic, but can have long-term impacts on the lungs, bones, and neural structures of the brain.

Toxic Mold

Toxic or toxigenic molds produce chemicals that are poisonous to humans and animals. Also known as mycotoxins, toxic molds are produced by fungal spores and can live on in fungal material. In some cases, these spores can live in even after the mold itself has been cleaned with bleach.

In contrast to pathogenic molds that cause damage by growing on or inside the human body, toxic molds do their damage by creating a toxin that is itself damaging to the human body.

Health Effects of Toxic Mold

As it’s poisonous, toxic mold is dangerous to touch or ingest. If you find toxic mold in your home, do not attempt to clean it up yourself. Contact a mold professional or water restoration specialist to ensure that the mold is removed safely, quickly, and effectively.

Exposure to toxic mold can range from temporary skin irritation to serious, long-term illnesses such as immunosuppression, cancer or neurological disorders.

How to Detect and Remove Mold From Your Home

Mold is likely to appear in damp areas of your home, including your kitchen, bathrooms, or basement. While some mold is easy to spot, it will quite often grow behind walls or underneath surfaces like wallpaper. Mold has a strong, musty smell, so when it comes to finding mold, it’s better to follow your nose.

If you find mold in your home, or you suspect there may be mold in your home causing unwanted health effects, call a mold removal and remediation specialists.

Original Article at: Water Damage Advisor

Water Damage Classification

Titan Restoration of AZ realizes that not everyone eats, drinks and breathes water restoration. So, we understand that you may not fully understand the topic of water loss classification or its importance. Titan Restoration of AZ thoroughly understands water classification and is prepared to handle any class of loss that you might have. Here’s a primer on what you need to know about water damage classification:

Class 1Slow Evaporation Rate: Water losses that affect only part of a room or area, or losses with lower permeance/porosity materials (e.g., plywood, particle board, structural wood, VCT, concrete). Little or no wet carpet or padding is present. Minimum moisture is absorbed by materials, releasing moisture slowly.

Class 2 – Fast Evaporation Rate: Water losses that affect an entire room or carpet and cushion. Water has wicked up walls 12″ – 24″. There is moisture remaining in structural materials (e.g., plywood, particleboard, structural wood, concrete).

Class 3 – Fastest Evaporation Rate: Water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and sub-floor in the entire area are saturated.

Class 4Specialty Drying Situations: These consist of wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, stone). Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which requires very low specific humidity.

Titan Restoration of AZ is prepared to handle any class of water damage. Please feel free to call us 24/7 at 480-649-5050, should you need immediate assistance from our water damage restoration crew.

Water Damage Statistics for Phoenix, and throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties

The Insurance Information Institute has compiled statistics on the most common causes for home insurance claims from 2006 to 2010. These figures reveal interesting information about water damage claims.

• $6,965 was the average cost of a water damage claim.
• Water damage claims ranked fourth in average costs per claim.
• Fire, bodily injury and property damage, and unauthorized use of credit cards held the top three rankings.
• Wind and hail damage were the most commonly reported claim with water damage and freezing follows behind it in terms of frequency.

Also fire and water damage claims usually include added costs for debris removal. Additionally, water damage can lead to mold growth inside walls and in other hidden areas of the structure. Mold must be removed to maintain a healthy, livable environment after a water damage event.

Titan Restoration of AZ has seen the impact that water damage can have. We are prepared to respond to any water, fire, mold, wind and hail damage that you may experience. For 24 hour service please contact us immediately.

The most common causes for home insurance claims include fire, water damage, mold and storm damage.

Common Causes of Fire Damage Part 1

Summer is here and one of the quickest ways your summer plans can go up in flames is fire damage. Titan Restoration of AZ encourages you to consider and prevent some of the most common causes of fire damage.

You probably rarely think about fire damage; but sadly, house fires occur every single day. Here is the first half of the most common causes of fire damage:

1) Cooking Equipment
2) Heating Equipment
3) Careless Smoking
4) Electrical Equipment
5) Candles
6) Children playing with fire
7) Inadequate Wiring
8) Flammable Liquids
9) Christmas Trees/Decorations
10) Barbecues

The common causes of fire damage can be easily prevented. Titan Restoration of AZ encourages you to be attentive when using cooking, heating, and using electrical equipment. Also be aware while smoking. Ensure that candles are in a safe spot when lit and be sure to blow the candle out before leaving the room unattended. We also encourage residents of Arizona to teach children about the dangers of fires and make sure to keep matches and lighters out of their reach. Store flammable liquids in proper containers and if possible, store them away from the home in a cool area. Christmas trees and decorations aren’t too big of a concern at this time of year, but it is important to be aware of the dangers that additional lights and a dried tree can create. Finally, barbecue season is here and it is important to keep barbecues away from your home. Be sure to close the gas valve on propane grills when you are not using it.

Titan Restoration of AZ has seen the extreme amount of impact that fire damage can have and we are prepared to respond to any fire damage that you may experience. For 24 hour service please contact us immediately. Feel free to contact us for any additional details.

Monsoon Water Damage

The combination of wind and rain that come with the annual AZ monsoons can cause quite a bit of water damage in your home. Water damage can be deceptive. Most people are careful to mop up water that accumulates in their home; however, water can penetrate into structural cavities, creating trapped pockets of saturation. This is especially true with water from Monsoon damage. Because the water generally comes in through the ceiling, the water can travel across the ceiling without your notice and then come through the ceiling at a low point. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture meters. The danger is that undetected moisture will eventually lead to mold and other damages. This damage will cause odors as well as greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate.

Titan Restoration of AZ has the knowledge and equipment to properly dry a home or facility (including substructure materials). Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented.

If you have a leak in your home, monsoon related or otherwise, contact us immediately. Titan Restoration of AZ is prepared 24 hours a day to respond to any flooding or water damage that you may experience.

Water Damage Prevention Tips on Washing Machines

Washing machines are a major source of water damage. Titan Restoration of AZ receives numerous water losses every year caused by washing machines. Our purpose today is to provide facts about washing machine leaks, so that you can prevent these losses from occurring in your home.

Facts

A burst water supply line was the cause of over half of all water damage incidents involving washing machines.

On average, these losses caused more than $6,000 in damage.

Loss Prevention and Maintenance Tips


• Turn supply valves off when not using the washing machine.
• Install a lever-type valve that is easy to operate.
• Do not run the washing machine when the home is unoccupied.
• Leave a 3- to 4-inch gap between the back of the washing machine and the wall to avoid kinking the hose.
• Inspect the water supply line hoses every six months.
• Ensure that the connection to the valve is secure, but avoid over-tightening.
• Hand tighten first and then tighten an additional 2/3 of a turn using pliers.
• Check the hoses for cracks, kinks or blisters.
• Replace washing machine hoses every five years.
• Consider reinforced braided stainless steel hoses.
Titan Restoration hopes that this information will help you prevent water damage in your home. However, if you do experience any size of water losses, please contact us immediately. Our first class team is ready to respond to your loss 24 hours a day.

Dryer Fire Damage Safety in Phoenix, and throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties

In some of our previous articles, we have warned you about the possible water damage that your washing machine can cause. Today we would like to warn you about the possible fire damage that your dryer can cause.

Lint and heat are a dangerous combination in your home. With everything that we have going on in our lives, it’s no wonder that laundry and routine maintenance pile up on all of us. Dryer lint is responsible for nearly 16,000 residential fires each year. The good news is that you can prevent trouble in your laundry room with just a little education and some easy preventative maintenance.

Installation Tips

• Have your dryer installed by a qualified professional.
• Avoid long gas or electrical connections and lengthy vent pipe runs if possible.
• Vent your dryer to the exterior of your home or apartment, according to local building code specifications.
• Choose metal vent pipes (rigid or semi-rigid corrugated style, rather than flexible plastic or spiral foil type); they are more heat-resistant and don’t accumulate lint as quickly.
• Ensure your dryer is installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Tips for Safe Use

• Operate your clothes dryer according to the operating instructions provided.
• Dry clothes on the lowest setting to avoid high heat that could ignite built-up lint in your dryer or exhaust vent.
• Don’t overload your dryer.
• Ensure the lint trap/filter screen is in place – never operate your clothes dryer without one.
• Make sure the area around your dryer is free from clutter like laundry, cardboard boxes, cleaning supplies and other combustible materials.
• Place other appliances such as a washer and chest or upright freezer a safe distance away.
• Never dry clothes that have been in contact with flammable liquids like paint thinner, gasoline or motor oil in a dryer.
• If you notice clothes are not drying as fast as normal, inspect your dryer and vent pipe immediately; consider a professional service call to rule out or address mechanical problems.
• Clean the lint screen or filter between every load.
• Check electrical or gas connections to ensure they are tight and clean.
• Check the exterior vent opening and ensure it opens and closes properly.
• Remove obstructions like plant growth from near the vent opening.
• Clean the exhaust vent from end to end, removing all lint and dirt.
• Have your dryer inspected and serviced by a qualified technician.
Titan Restoration of AZ hopes that these tips can help you avoid a home fire. We have seen the profound impact that fire damage can have. Should you experience a fire, we are prepared 24 hours a day to respond to your loss. Don’t hesitate to call. In addition to fire damage, we also restore homes from water, mold, wind and hail damage. For 24 hour service, please contact us immediately.