A substance such
as mold that can cause an allergic reaction.
This type of
mold is often found indoors after a water intrusion incident that
has not been responded to appropriately. At least one type of
Aspergillus species produces aflaxatoxin which is both a toxin and
carcinogen. The most common form may cause coughing, fever, chest
pains, and breathlessness.
is the process of identifying the location, and extent of mold
located within a building.
A chemical that
This is a hand
held device that permits the user to see inside walls, ceilings,
and other interior building areas to determine if visible mold is
present. It consists of a camera located on the end of a flexible
tube or snake.
This species of
mold often grows indoors when moisture has been present. This mold
may cause sinusitis, pulmonary infections, and infections of the
skin and toenails. Prolonged exposure may weaken the immune system
of animals and humans.
The process of
water vapor in the air converting into liquid water. Typically,
this occurs on the interior side of window glass in high humidity
conditions. It is the opposite of evaporation.
designed to reduce the level of moisture in the indoor air
generally after a water intrusion incident. Moisture in the air is
converted to water and the water is then removed.
Fungi is a
classification of organisms separate from plants, animals and
bacteria. Included are yeasts and molds.
Many fungi are
parasites on plants, animals and humans. Some produce biologically
active compounds that are toxic to animals and humans. These are
known as mycotoxins.
A chemical that
An organism of
the kingdom of fungi, feeding on organic matter.
efficiency particulate air filter used as part of the remediation
Ozone Shock Treatment
High ozone shock
treatment or ozone blasting is a highly controversial method of
remediating mold within a building. There are both advantages and
disadvantages to the method.
This is a device
that measures the level of humidity in the indoor air.
ventilation, and air – conditioning system.
normal sensitivity to mold or chemicals.
An infection of
the cornea (eye) cause by certain molds.
This is a hand
held device that measures the level of moisture in building
materials such as drywall, wood, brick, stone, concrete and
Molds are fungi
which is a classification of organisms separate from plants and
animals. There are thousands of known species. Some highly
dangerous, some are not. Some molds, known as toxic molds, produce
mycotoxins which are substances toxic to animal and human life.
Molds reproduce by means of spores which may remain airborne for
days or weeks. When spores land on a surface suitable to sustain
life, they begin to grow.
This is a
secondary spelling for mold.
A mycotoxin is a
toxic substance produced by some molds. Where conditions are
suitable, fungi proliferate into colonies where mycotoxin levels
can become dangerously high.
A condition that
exists when less air is supplied to a space than is exhausted from
the space, so the air pressure within that space is less than that
in surrounding areas. Under this condition, if an opening exists,
air will flow from surrounding areas into the negatively
This is the
matter that has come from once living organisms. Organic matter
serves as nourishment for molds and is capable of decay. Examples
of Organic Matter are:
during the remediation process and sometimes during the assessment
process. The equipment includes gloves, impervious clothing,
respirators, and eye protection.
is the process of removing mold from a building after stopping the
source of moisture.
Sick Building Syndrome
Syndrome (SBS) is a combination of ailments associated with either
a person’s place of employment or home. There are many possible
causes including mold. Common symptoms include irritation of the
eyes, nose and throat, skin irritation, and other health related
A spore is a
reproductive structure that is adapted for dispersal and survival
for long periods of time in unfavorable conditions. Once
conditions become favorable, a spore can develop into a new
organism. Mold reproduces by means of spores which are easily
carried by air currents.
There are more
than twenty species of Stachybotrys Mold. The species known as S.
Chartarum is the most dangerous to animals and humans because the
mycotoxins produced can result in one or more of the following
depending upon the length of exposure and volume of spores
ingested or inhaled: chronic coughing; chronic fatigue; fever;
headaches; irritation to the eyes; nose and throat; rashes;
sneezing; nausea; vomiting and even bleeding in the lungs and
This is an
infrared thermal camera used to locate areas of excessive moisture
inside walls and ceilings. They generally cover larger areas than
or death to plants, animals, and / or humans. A substance that is
Refers to the
degree to which a chemical, including those produced by molds, can
harm humans and animals.
the branch of medicine involved in the study of the adverse
effects of chemicals, including those produced by mold, on humans
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