Mold - Some things you should know

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

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Mold can be dangerous.  This material has been gathered to inform people about mold.  Before you attempt to remediate mold, seek expert and/or professional help.  If mold is removed incorrectly, it can cause even greater and more costly damage (in terms of dollars and health effects).  DO NOT USE BLEACH to remove mold.

General Mold Facts (please verify all information before using)

  • Can be dangerous when alive or dead (because the toxins in a mold spore are in the outer membrane of the mold spore)
  • Mold makes up 25% of the total biomass on our planet
  • 15% of the general population is highly allergic to the beta-3 gluten in mold
  • 99% of the people suffering from peanut allergies are actually allergic to the beta-3 gluten found on the mold on peanuts
  • Mold colonies can start within 24 to 48 hours of a water intrusion
  • Mold can reproduce in as little as 15 minutes
  • Mold is responsible for the degradation of more cellulose fibre than any other single source
  • Mold will grow in any area with a humidity level of greater than 40%
  • When stressed, mold sporolates (projects spores in an effort to survive)
  • Mold spores are approxamately 0.4 microns in size
  • There are approxamately 270 species of commonly found household molds (click on link for more information)
  • Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of mold can produce irreparable damage in humans

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So what can we do?

  • We can learn to recognize mold
  • We can carefully eliminate the mold (It would be wise to seek professional and/or expert advice/assistance)
  • We can create an environment not hospitable to mold growth
  • Dehumidify Basements and crawlspaces in warmer months
  • Do not store materials that will absorb moisture in places with a humidity level greater than 40%
  • Do NOT use BLEACH to remove mold

Preventing Mold

CMHC Fighting Mold

 

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Chris,

I did not know all of that, in fact, have little knowlege about mold other than it's a bad deal....

Thanks for posting.

June 13, 2010 04:24 PM
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Thanks for the Great Info Chris!  

This is important info for everyone to know!  (I will re blog it to help get the message out)

June 19, 2010 11:03 AM
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I have personal experience with mold and I am highly allergic to it. I was sick for months prior to determining that mold was the factor. It is extremely important to take the proper precautions to eliminate the problem. Thank you for sharing this information!

June 19, 2010 11:55 AM
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Mold is a difficult problem and serious. Happy Fathers Day Chris, we hope you get some time to enjoy it!

June 19, 2010 11:28 PM
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Very interesting post with some good links.  Thanks and Happy Father's Day!

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