MouldMould is found on many surfaces (see samples photos). There are three moulds that are potentially dangerous and unfortunately they are three of the most common mould found in Manitoba; Stachybotrys, Aspergillus and Penicillium moulds. These mould are very aggressive and together they give off toxins which are known to be very harmful to your health. (EnviroTest Laboratories)
All moulds require both a source of nutrients (materials to grow on) and humidity to survive and flourish. Moulds reproduce through releasing millions of tiny spores. These tiny "seeds" are lightweight allowing them to float and travel through the air. They will be deposit themselves on surfaces that have the right combination of dampness, food and temperature, which will germinate and produce a new colony of mould. It is very common to find mould spores in homes regardless of whether they have been flooded. Generally the sources of nutrients are not a limiting factor because when moisture is high, mould will grow on carpets, furniture, drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles, floor joists, sub floors and all types of wood, etc. Sources of moisture that can support this mould growth would include leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, sewer back-ups, flooding, foundation cracks, and the most common is a build-up of condensation and excess humidity. (EMO Government of Manitoba and Enviro Test Laboratories)
Mould exposure from homes or workplaces can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from minor allergic reactions to extremely severe, life threatening disease. Health experts indicate that, depending on the type of mold present in a home, the amount and degree of exposure, and the health condition of the occupants, the health effects of mould can range from being insignificant to causing allergic reactions and illness. Documented health effects from mould exposure include headache, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, fever, nausea, and eye, ear and throat irritation. Pregnant women, infants, the elderly and those with health problems, such as respiratory disease or a weakened immune system, are more at risk when exposed to mould. It is also important to note that sensitivity to mould varies dramatically from individual to individual. The mould combination and or concentration that causes a severe reaction by one person may only cause minor symptoms to another person. (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.)
Mould can often be hidden from view and cannot be seen or smelt. As a consequence, individuals may experience health effects without ever knowing the cause. It is imperative that Mould Remediation search for mould in walls, in attics, under carpets, in crawl spaces or anywhere a damp environment may exist. (Enviro Test Laboratories)
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C.M.H.C. (Canada Morgage and Housing Corporation), Workplace Safety and Health
Division, EMO and Government of Manitoba Information website
. C.M.H.C. (Canada Morgage and Housing Corporation), Workplace Safety and Health Division, EMO and Government of Manitoba Information websiteand Total Insurance Restorations Plus Inc. website. Stachybotrys mould
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