What do we know about mold? Can mold affect our health? What impact does mold have on real estate transactions? by Anastasia Ellis, SERVPRO of Santa Clara ~ Part 1 of 2

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Fungi and mold naturally occur in the environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. For example yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products. Also the unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, others can be harmful.

Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and exposure to molds, may present health concerns for some people.  Intrusion of water to your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusion can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed promptly, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

The Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.  In fact most of the mold growth supported by the moisture found in water damaged buildings fits into the classification of a group known as toxigenic molds, that is, molds that are capable of producing mycotoxins. Such molds appear to cause occupant health effects unique to the indoor environment.

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