We’ve been at this since 1997—fixing flood damage and removing mold from all sorts of properties throughout Jersey.
With our level of experience, it’s dangerous to assume people know the same things that we do. The information we’ve learned over the years helps to fuel our purpose and drive as a great company. In fact, we seek to improve the health and well-being of our clientele.
There are some facts out there that help justify our place on the map—every year, mold affects the lives of thousands of Americans, and we strive to reduce that number. So, stick with us and enjoy this educational piece on the sometimes-fuzzy threat known as mold.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are several common mold species that infest houses and then proceed to decrease air quality, destroy materials and threaten the health of all occupants.
Cladosporium – These molds range from olive-green to brown and even darker black colonies. This type of mold is extremely common. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds of sub-species of this mold. It’s not as harmful as some types, but extended exposure to it has been known to cause infections on the skin and nails of exposed individuals, as well as some respiratory distress.
Penicillium – Penicillium is a mold species ranging from green to brown in color and is slightly “fuzzy” in texture. This mold is more unattractive than it is dangerous, though some strains of Penecillium are attributed to being skin, throat and eye irritants. In fact, Penicillium is used to make the molecule Penicillin, which was one of the first antibiotics ever invented.
Alternaria – Alternaria is most typically seen as an outdoor mold, affecting vegetation and fruits. However, it’s also a potent allergen-creating micro-organism. Alternaria can grow on moist surfaces indoors, and once it has matured, it prolifically produces spores that are hazardous to those with or without severe mold allergies. Typically, this mold is darker brown or black in color and can be characteristically found on tomatoes as black rot on tomatoes.
Aspergillus – Aspergillus is a mold genus consisting of hundreds of mold species found throughout the entire world. Overexposure to aspergillus mold causes an illness known as Aspergillosis, a type of fungal disease. These molds range in color and visibility, so it’s important to have mold specialists frequently check your property. Aspergillosis causes sinusitis, nail and eye infections and even respiratory, pulmonary and renal infections in the most severe cases.
Stachybotrys – This is the denizen of the dark, known as Black Mold or Toxic Black Mold to many. Fact is, Stachybotrys in itself isn’t toxic, it’s the “mycotoxins” or fungal toxins that it produces that make it dangerous. Typically, this greenish-black mold excretes a slimy substance, making this mold seem slimy or gooey. These mycotoxins are a secondary metabolite produced by the mold aside from the spores, and it quite often becomes airborne. Constant exposure to black mold causes individuals to suffer from toxic symptoms, including skin inflammation, fatigue, nausea, weakened immune system, hemorrhaging, sinusitis/mucus membrane irritation, mental impairment and more. Black mold is extremely common in the damp climates of NJ and PA, and it’s important that if you suspect this denzen creeps somewhere on your property, that you have it eliminated immediately.
We offer mold control for all of these strains and more. Our laboratory specialists will determine the exact genus and species of mold affecting you, and then calculate an optimal, personalized solution for your property(s). Each of these molds has specific characteristics, lifespans, gestation periods and best removal practices. We’ve trained our servicemen in the latest and greatest methods, and we’re ready to service your NJ property.
Call us with your questions, comments and concerns today. We offer consultation to anybody reaching out to us, and we provide emergency services. We do our own testing, we’re certified and fully insured, and we use the best third party health and safety verification organizations. We accommodate residential, commercial and industrial properties, and we use the most environmentally-friendly products and chemicals on the market. We sport quick response times to minimize the time you need to deal with your mold crisis. Call us today!