Awareness of the threat posed by indoor mold infestation continues to grow in the public consciousness. Especially when it comes to the severe health hazards and potential physical damage that can be caused by Stachybotrys chartarum or “Toxic Black Mold.”
Though even less toxic mold strains can still pose a serious health threat. Especially for people who are genetically predisposed to chronic inflammation conditions, or those with respiratory health conditions. In some of these instances, the physical mold colony itself can cause damage to the structure of the building, while airborne mold spores and dangerous mycotoxins fill the air people breathe.
Adding to this concern is the fact that many government agencies have implemented or are in the process of implementing mold regulations and disclosure requirements. This can impact property values, as well as liability concerns. Especially when it comes to the real estate processes surrounding the sale of commercial properties.
Most of the time, an indoor mold problem is linked to moisture issues, such as a leaky pipe, recent flooding, water in a basement, damaged gutters, or a roof leak. Though even things like an overtaxed air conditioning system or persistent humidity problems can be enough in the summer months to let an indoor mold problem flourish.