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5 Reasons a “Normal” Air Sample Result Might Not Mean Your Home is Safe

Room air sampling is the most common and perhaps most misunderstood form of mold testing. Room air sampling works by using devices that collect air from a specific area. The air sampler draw air through an inlet and direct that air into a collector. A filter screen out larger particles and a media plate or

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It’s Not Just Mold — Toxic Bacteria in Water-Damaged Buildings

In a damp building, it’s not just dangerous molds that grow. Water-loving bacteria will spread as well. And that’s a big deal because these household bacteria can also cause toxic and inflammatory injury. Wet Building, Hot Mess One study by Andersson et al. performed a microbiology analysis of wet building materials to establish the dominant

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Brain Fog and Mold

Brain fog is one of the most devastating effects of mold-related neurological injury. It is a syndrome caused by a range of medical problems, as well as more mundane stressors such as sleep deprivation. The symptoms of brain fog include difficulty concentrating, confusion, slowed thinking, poor decision making, forgetfulness, and mental fatigue. Chronic medical problems

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3 Reasons a “Safe Level” for Mold is Unscientific

Respiratory exposure to indoor biological contamination—such as mold, bacteria, and volatile organic compounds—exerts toxic and inflammatory effects. A common question in mold litigation is what constitutes a “safe level” of toxic mold contamination. This question cannot be answered with a hard cut-off without being in error. The Centers for Disease Control, as well as the

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The Bad Stuff in Mold (It’s Not Just Toxins)

A common misconception is mold toxins are the most dangerous indoor biological air pollutant. As the name suggests, fungal mycotoxins are indeed toxic. But the health hazard from indoor mold is caused by multiple mold elements. Many fall into a class of compounds called inflammagens—inflammation-inducing particles. According to the World Health Organization: “Microbial growth may

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