See Allergen Screening. AllergiesAllergy is a hypersensitive disorder of the immune system. Allergic reactions occur to normally harmless environmental substances known as allergens; these reactions are acquired, predictable, and rapid. In some people, severe allergies to environmental or dietary allergens or to medication may result in life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.AsthmaAsthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm.
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Based on recently published data from EPA researchers and the 2006 HUD American Healthy Home Survey, the test has been developed as a tool to evaluate the potential risk of indoor mold growth and associated health effects. This method is particularly effective in the decontamination of mold-affected areas because it allows the chemical to linger in the air longer and thus is able to decontaminate not only all of the exposed surface areas but all of the air space as well. It bonds with the mold spores which range in size from 5 to 15 microns to more effectively eliminate them. The fog droplets penetrate deep into nooks and crannies where other sprays and foams can’t go.French DrainA French drain or land drain is a ditch filled with gravel, rock that redirects surface and ground water away from an area. Alternatively, the French drain technique may be used to distribute water, such as that which flows from the outlet of a typical septic tank sewage treatment system.
French drains are also used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure.Fungi Fungi are neither animals nor plants and are classified in a kingdom of their own, the Kingdom of Fungi. Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs) Fungi produce chemicals as a result of their metabolism.

These chemicals, MVOCs, are responsible for the characteristic moldy, musty, or earthy smell of fungi, whether mushrooms or molds.
The human nose is very sensitive to mold odors and sometimes more so than current analytical instruments.HypersensitivityHypersensitivity (also called hypersensitivity reaction) refers to undesirable (damaging, discomfort-producing and sometimes fatal) reactions produced by the normal immune system.
Hypersensitivity reactions require a pre-sensitized (immune) state of the host.Hypersensitivity PneumonitisAn inflammation of the alveoli within the lung caused by hypersensitivity to inhaled organic dusts or molds. Sufferers are commonly exposed to the dust by their occupation, hobbies or can receive a on time high dose of toxic exposure.Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)The is a nonprofit, multi-disciplined organization, dedicated to promoting the exchange of indoor environmental information, through education and research, for the safety and well being of the general public. Even though the terms mold and fungi had been commonly referred to interchangeably, all molds are fungi, but not all fungi are molds.Mold as a result of CondensationThese are surface issues as a result of condensation (high levels of humidity condensate on the exterior walls where there is little or no air movement) which could be cleaned up under conventional methods, however, not all the mold present under these conditions maybe visible. As there are no current state or federal guidelines or regulations to indicate "safe" or "normal" spore levels; an effective industry wide and internationally accepted interpretation is based on the comparison of indoor and outdoor samples. The types and relative percentages of fungi need to be similar with no appreciable presence of mold spore types not normally associated with an indoor environment. This desirable environmental result suggests that the exposure to airborne mold within the interior areas sampled is the same as that on the outside of the building.Surface Lift Sampling InterpretationThe purpose for collecting tape lift samples is to confirm the presence of mold growth and to identify the genera of visible growth on a surface.
Analysis is conducted at the laboratory by direct microscopic examination.Sampling Methods and MaterialsBio-reveal Swabs – This is a real time biological and ATP microbial detection system the measures the ATP [adenosine tri phosphate] molecule, which is found in all living organisms such as mold, bacteria, plant and animal cells. Biological contaminants and bio-film residues contain ATP, which can be collected, tested and quantified using the bio-reveal system.The system is designed to provide instant results for bio-contamination testing on surfaces or in liquids. In fungi, the spore is the structure which may be used for dissemination and may be resistant to adverse environmental conditions. StachybotrysStachybotrys is a genus that includes approximately 10 species.

These species occur mainly on dead plant materials.Of these, Stachybotrys chartarum is the most common. This is a toxigenic mold.  Toxic or Black Mold Toxic mold or Black Mold is a misnomer, yet it is commonly referred by consumers who use these terms to identify what it is they are trying to describe.
Stachybotrys is one of the mold spores that are associated with the “toxic or black mold” terms. One of the reasons is Stachybotrys takes longer to cultivate and needs a higher concentration of moisture over a longer period of time so it can look gooey and black.Unprofessional RemediationAttacking mold contamination with a bottle of Clorox (or any disinfectant) will do more harm than good. Consider a dandelion flower when you blow on it the seeds fly away and your left with the stem, spraying Clorox on a mold colony will get some of the spores and the stem structure but the majority of the spores just drift off to settle in other areas. The relocated spores do not die just become dormant, they reactivate when inhaled into the respiratory system.Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)Are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary, room-temperature conditions.
In other words these compounds, though solid slowly turn to vapor and get into the air where they can be breathed, the action is called Off-Gassing. This off-gassing results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate or sublimate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air.Many VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment.

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