Thursday, August 09, 2012

Health and home may be threatened by mold

Mold exposure can lead to respiratory problems
and other health effects, experts warn.
As extreme weather events become more common, tropical storms, hurricanes and floods can have long-lasting effects on the homes and people in their way.

Tropical storm Irene happened more than 10 months ago, but the flood and subsequent mold problems are still haunting many homeowners.

In the case of one woman in Vermont, a flooded basement led to a toppled oil tank, destroyed books and clothing worth thousands of dollars and caused so much mold that she had to move out of her home and may soon be homeless, as money for emergency housing in a hotel runs out.

Flood insurance only covered structural damage to the stairs and back door, and timing issues and illness have made it next to impossible to get assistance.

The home “turned into my greatest nightmare,” Chandar Hall was quoted in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Mold health effects

Health and state authorities warn about water infiltration and mold growth. It is important to fix water problems promptly, and to dry and/or replace any materials that were affected.

Once mold is growing, it needs to be cleaned up properly. Otherwise, certain kinds of mold (including penicillium mold and aspergillus mold) may affect people’s health and well-being.

Mold has been linked to respiratory problems as well as neurological problems, including headaches, exhaustion, convulsions, lost appetite, kidney pain and more.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Air purifiers for mold and better indoor air

Breathing in high concentrations of mold spores can cause or aggravate health problems. Source control (mold remediation), ventilation and air cleaning are the best ways to minimize the effects of mold.

AllerAir’s air purifiers for mold contain a multistage filtration system to tackle mold on various fronts:
  • A HEPA filter to trap mold spores as well as other fine particles
  • A deep-bed activated carbon filter to remove musky odors and mold mycotoxins
  • An optional UV germicidal lamp to neutralize mold spores and other biological contaminants such as bacteria and viruses

Some of AllerAir’s recommended air purifiers for mold include the AirMedic+ series and the 5000 Exec.

For more information, contact AllerAir at 1-888-852-8247.

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