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Envision3 Group, Inc. is a full service Phoenix, Arizona Environmental Firm providing a broad range of environmental consulting including but not limited to mold testing, mold inspections, asbestos inspection, asbestos testing, asbestos management, site assessments, indoor air quality assessments, mold testing, remediation design and implementation, lead based paint inspections and field services to a wide variety of clients. Our personnel are committed to providing prompt and professional environmental services. We pride ourselves on the increasing number of private, corporate, and government clients who exclusively use Envision's services to solve their complex environmental and regulatory concerns.
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We are a full service Arizona environmental consulting firm founded to enable our clients to respond to their environmental concerns. To achieve this, we have brought together a team of professionals to address our clients individualized issues precisely, responsively, and comprehensively.
To utilize a high degree of professionalism, confidentiality, and integrity toward environmental problem solving and create a successful company with a rewarding work environment that attracts extraordinary environmental professionals, while maintaining a business philosophy that focuses on long-term client relationships based on trust, respect, and efficiency.
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MOLD IN THE NEWS
Remove source of mold as soon as possible.
Special for The Arizona Republic
Mold is all around us. Some (mushrooms) you can eat, others (penicillin) make you better, but some can make you sick. Although the verdict is still out on some research, there's something we know for sure: Get rid of mold when you find it.
Are all molds dangerous to your health?
No. The human body can tolerate small amounts of mold; high doses are a concern. For the majority of molds, the most common side effects are allergic reactions due to indoor air- quality problems. Reactions range from sneezing or eye irritation to asthma attacks, and can occur in people with or without allergies. Children, elderly and those with impaired immune systems are more susceptible. Symptoms that are non-allergic or -irritant are not commonly reported, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. However, research is ongoing.
Although most molds produce allergens, under certain conditions some can release mycotoxins. In high doses, these can be toxic. In most cases, the amount produced is extremely small.
What else does mold do?
Mold causes damage, even in dry climates like Arizona. This can include an unsightly cosmetic stain or permanent damage to your home. The longer the mold is there, the more damage it will cause.
Where should you look for mold?
Mold is a natural fungus found all over the earth. All types of mold have one thing in common: They need moisture to survive. Some of the most common places to find mold in the home include bathroom (moisture from baths or showers), kitchen (steam from cooking), windows (condensation or bad flashing), attics (from roof leaks), roofs (weather), basements (underground), vents and ductwork (can have condensation and transfers airborne mold spores to other areas of the home) and crawl spaces.
Are there precautions that need to be taken while cleaning mold?
Especially if you have allergies or asthma, it is recommended to stay on the safe side and wear rubber gloves and goggles. A respirator also can be worn while cleaning. If you're working with drywall or wood, remember to treat the area with a proper water sealant after the moisture problem is fixed and the area is clean and mold-free. If the area is over 10 square feet, or if you're concerned with certain health problems, a professional can do the job.
There are concerns that even dead mold spores may be allergenic. Whenever possible, mold must be removed and not just cleaned.
How can you prevent mold?
Many people think that Arizona is immune to mold because of the dry climate, but mold can grow on a wet surface in 48 hours. The sooner the area is cleaned, the better. You must eliminate the moisture source. If you don't, mold will keep reappearing.
Take preventive measures at home.
Occasionally, check areas that are more susceptible to mold growth and get things fixed before much damage occurs. Make sure no sprinklers are hitting the house when they come on, don't use your air-conditioning system if you suspect mold contamination, etc. Additional insulation can prevent condensation on cold surfaces, such as windows, flooring and piping.
Following is an excerptfrom the EPA Mold Website:
Why is mold growing in my home?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the non-microscope eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
Can mold cause health problems?
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing. This brochure provides a brief overview; it does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional. You may also wish to consult your state or local health department.
How do I get rid of mold?
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - "Molds in the Environment"
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - "Questions and Answers on Stachybotrys chartarum and other molds"
Environmental Protection Agency - "Information regarding mold"
Planet Mold (http://www.planetmold.com)
New York City Mold Guidelines
OSHA Indoor Air Quality Guidelines
Environmental Protection Agency / Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
USA Weekend Article (7 21-02) - When Mold Takes Hold
CBS News: An Insidious Mold - The Melinda Ballard Story
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS: Toxic Effects of Indoor Molds
Indoor Toxic Molds and their Symptoms By Nachman Brautbar, M.D.
TOXIC MOLD & TORT NEWS
Additional Mold / IAQ Links:
- Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, CDC
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Mold Web Site
Provides mold information, actions you can take, and links to other
- Frequently requested EPA documents:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Provides documents on mold from FEMA, whose mission is to reduce loss of
life and property and to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure
- National Ag Safety Database
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Mold, and Mildew [PDF, 196 KB]
Provides information for building managers about identifying and
correcting problems caused by mold and mildew, including factors
that govern relative humidity, common moisture problems, and their
Provides search results on Indoor Environmental Quality and Mold
from NIOSHTIC, a searchable bibliographic database of occupational
safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and
journal articles supported in whole or in part by the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Click "Full View" to
read article abstracts.
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
- National Institute
of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Provides documents on mold from NIEHS, whose mission is to reduce
the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental
causes by understanding each of these elements and how they
interrelate. Search on “mold” to see NIEHS’ list of mold-related
National Library of Medicine Mold Web site
Provides information in English and Spanish on molds, including
cleanup, health aspects, organizations dealing with it, and other
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA)
Provides information on mold and allergies from AAFA, a non-profit
patient organization dedicated to improving the quality of life
for people with asthma and allergies and their caregivers, through
education, advocacy and research.
- American College of Occupational and Environmental
- California Department of Health Services
Indoor Air Quality Information by State
- Mold in My
Home: What Do I Do? [PDF, 42 KB]
Provides answers to questions and concerns regarding mold in the
home and other indoor environments, test interpretation, and
- Molds in
Indoor Workplaces [PDF, 1.5 MB]
Provides answers to questions and concerns regarding mold in the
workplace, health effects, and cleanup methods.
Links to offices or programs for each state regarding indoor
air-related health inquiries.
Indoor Mold, Toxigenic Fungi, and Stachybotrys chartarum:
Infectious Disease Perspective
Scientific review of recent articles regarding indoor mold
exposure and mycotoxicosis, with an emphasis on S. chartarum.
Possible end-organ effects, including pulmonary, immunologic,
neurologic, and oncologic disorders are also examined.
Institute of Medicine's Damp Indoor Spaces and Health Project
Provides background and status information on this mold project.
Minnesota Department of Health’s Mold in Homes
Provides information regarding health concerns associated with
mold exposure in the home and advice on finding and removing mold
- New York City Department of Health
- North Carolina State University
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- World Health Organization
Woman lives in a tent due to toxic mold exposure
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