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Don't Get Sick Over Toxic Mold

Written by  Burton T. Fried Thursday, 22 November 2007 00:13

Toxic mold is becoming “the next asbestos.” It can grow where there is high humidity or dampness. From an innocent toilet leak to a small basement flood, water damage that isn’t properly attended to makes matters worse once this toxic mold begins to grow. This nightmare, combined with the increasing chance of mold-related lawsuits, is why contractors must recognize potential situations for mold growth. Contractors must also know when it’s necessary to bring in remediation and decontamination experts. There are more than 100,000 species of mold (with at least 1,000 species common in the U.S.), and these microscopic fungi are found naturally in the air. Needing only moisture and a food source to survive, molds flourish in damp environments where humidity is over 40 percent.Water damage is one of the main causes of mold growth in commercial and residential buildings. The areas around pipes and fittings, wet pipe insulation, roof leaks,