Odors From Hidden Mold And Your Health
It is a well known fact that many man made volatile organic compounds such as benzene, methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, and formaldehyde to name a few not only have scary names, but can have scary health effects and can contribute to indoor air quality problems such as sick building syndrome and other IAQ problems.
Mold odors are also made of volatile organic compounds. Volatile organic compounds produced by mold include chemicals similar to alcohols, aldehydes, amines, ketones and many more.
When volatile organic compounds are produced by mold or bacteria we stop calling them volatile organic compounds and refer to them as microbial volatile organic compounds.
Mold odors or mVOCs are typically over looked as a source of health complaints by many mold inspectors who look for spores as the only source of potential health problems. Other inspectors are concerned about the health effects of controversial toxins produced by toxic black mold. Many untrained mold inspectors will enter your home do a quick inspection and take one or two air samples and e mail you a lab report a week later.
Because visible mold was not obvious and the lab report you receive states that spore levels indoors are low, these inspectors will conclude that you do not have a mold problem, and that your health problems are not related to mold in your home.
They do not seem to consider the fact that mold may be hidden in your property, and they fail to realize that hidden molds can produce other dangerous components such as mVOCs or (mold odors) even when not releasing spores.
In this firms experience inspecting for mold in South Floridas Palm Beach, Dade, and Broward Counties from 2003 to the present there is a very strong correlation between mold odors and health complaints. For example this inspector has investigated numerous cases where mold odors were produced inside AC units, on inside walls and people became ill.
It appears unlikely that the illness is the result of spores because mold inside AC units,.
About the Author (text)Mr. Watters provides IAQ and mold testing services for home owners and businesses in Palm Beach, Dade, and Broward County Florida.
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