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Are Molds Dangerous In The House?

Mold testing in Charlottesville reveals visible mold

Although they play a vital part in the earth’s ecosystem, molds can potentially cause health problems. Inhaling or touching molds, or mold spores, can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks to asthmatics who also have mold allergies, and they can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of just about anyone.

Toxic Substances In Some Molds

Although research is ongoing, it is generally thought that potentially toxic substances called “mycotoxins” are produced by certain species of molds and their spores. Exposure to these species of molds is especially dangerous to individuals with undeveloped or weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, those who are HIV positive, or persons undergoing chemotherapy as examples.

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About Joel Loving

Joel Loving is a Licensed Mold Inspector and Certified Environmental Inspector with greater than 25 years experience in molds testing, inspections and remediation protocol development, hazardous building materials inspections, and indoor air quality assessments. He is retired from the faculty at the University of Virginia Environmental Health and Safety Department, currently serves on the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board for Asbestos, Home Inspectors, Lead, and Mold Licensing, and is President of Environmental Health Consultants, Inc.

To learn more about our mold inspection services, including moisture testing, and remediation protocol development,, contact us in Charlottesville at 434-962-8721.