Citadel Property Inspections offers microbial testing if there are areas of the property that are suspected of having mold growths. “Toxic mold” is a term that is used to describe types of mold that are considered deadly to humans. Most people believe that the name refers to one particular species of mold; however, it encompasses hundreds of species, a small fraction of which are not very harmful to the human body.
Stachbotrys: The most deadly, has been linked to hay fever, liver damage, pulmonary edema, and in more severe cases, brain or nerve damage or even death.
Cladosporium, Fusarium, and Penicillium: Linked to nail fungus, infections of the lungs, liver, and kidneys and may affect the female reproductive system.
Aspergillus: The least serious of the toxic mold groups, causes only mild health issues to humans.
Because of the wide variety of molds, if mold is suspected, it should be tested. The test consists of extracting a sample to be sent to a laboratory. Analysis of mold samples are performed by a laboratory accredited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Results are available in 48 hours.
Toxic mold can cause people to experience cold-like symptoms. These include congestion, sinus issues, tiredness, and a skin rash. If the toxic mold remains in the home, these symptoms can worsen and lead to liver diseases such as necrosis and fibrosis, respiratory illnesses and pathogenic infections.
In addition to the health risks of mold, the extensive damage it causes to property is well documented. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water and mold damage costs insurers $2.5 billion annually. Early detection and testing allow the home owner to remedy the problem at lesser expense than if it is left to continue to grow and do further damage. Mold can cost upwards of $30,000 to remediate so insurance companies have enacted several measures to reduce their risk. One of them is reducing the amount they will pay for mold damage. This is one of many reasons to have suspect areas tested early.