Ignore it and it might go away—or it might show up later as mold growing all over the ceiling joists and drywall; becoming a health threat and a very expensive mold remediation problem. Usually, the safer path is to contact a professional to test for mold and find its hiding places. That is where Absolute Clean Floors can save you thousands of dollars.
Our mold professionals can often look around and find physical evidence of mold contamination. It likes to hide behind baseboards, on ceiling joists or in the furnace. It grows in a wild assortment of colors which often blend with the background, but our techs know what to look for. If mold can be located, the technician can take a tape lift or swab of the mold and send it to the laboratory for identification. These results are immediately passed on to the homeowner.
There are only a few truly toxic mold types found in the greater metropolitan St. Louis area. The primary one found growing in houses is a black mold called Stachybotrys chartarum or Stachybotrys atra. Stachybotrys is dangerous. Stachybotrys chartarum can cause respiratory bleeding, which is fatal in infants. Others exposed to Stachybotrys may experience breathing difficulties, coughing, headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory loss, asthma, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections.
While Stachybotrys is the most dangerous (toxic) mold in the St. Louis area, there are many which cause allergies, hay fever symptoms or breathing distress. If a member of your family is susceptible to breathing difficulties, identifying a dangerous or troublesome strain can allow Absolute Clean Floors to begin remediation immediately. We take your health seriously and will modify our schedule as needed to make your house safe.