We do testing and all remediation for mold in Oklahoma city and all surrounding areas. We inspect every home and business thoroughly to ensure the best air quality. Don't wait because toxic mold could be making your family sick and spreading throughout your house.
Mold is a common problem that many homeowners have, but aren't aware of. It comes in many forms, but most people know it as the black or white fuzzy patches in bathrooms, ceilings, and basements where water has collected and stagnated. What many people don't know is that there are thousands of species of mold, and some may be more toxic than others. We inspect and test for all of them.
One of the most dangerous strains of mold is known as stachybotrys, aka black mold. It's a fairly common species throughout the world and many people do not know their homes are infested with it. Mycotoxins from this species can cause bleeding in the lungs and may even be fatal. Those dusty sunbeams you see when you pull back a curtain can be full of harmful mold. Mold testing and removal is strongly recommended for anyone experiencing respiratory problems, and may be especially dangerous if you are ill with Covid-19 or other illnesses, since mold can complicate existing respiratory issues.
We check to see what harmful mold species are growing in your house and fully remove them so the problem will never return, starting with a professional airborne spore sample and culture samples of visible fungal growth. After taking air and specimen tests, we send off our finds to the lab and get results back in as little as 24 hours. The lab will tell us what species of mold and fungi are present, a spore count for each sample, and the amount of hyphae growth in the samples. Hyphae are the "roots" of mold, which can dig deep into surfaces and cause damage, as well as mold regrowth after visible mold has been removed.
Stachybotrys is a genus of mold containing most species that you would call "black mold", though it can sometimes have a green or grey color. According to the Institute of Medicine, stachybotrys can cause coughing, wheezing, and respiratory problems, as well as worsening existing asthma symptoms, with the World Health Organization indicating in 2009 that it may lead to asthma development in otherwise healthy children. It has also been attributed to headaches, memory loss, diarrhea, and severe respiratory (lung) damage. You'll definitely want this removed.
Cladosporium is commonly associated with mold types that worsen or cause indoor allergies. Like many other mold species, it is most commonly associated with allergy symptoms, problems breathing such as bronchitis or wheezing, and worsening existing conditions, such as asthma. According to the National Library of Medicine, cladosporium can even be responsible for a disease called mycosis, which means the mold is growing in or on you, and may cause health problems beyond breathing issues.
This nasty green thing is called Aspergillus, and it is one of the most common genuses of mold. According to the CDC, aspergillosis and aspergilloma are two diseases that can result from exposure to the fungus. Aspergillosis can be either allergic or chronic, with the allergic variety resulting in typical breathing problems, but if it becomes chronic you could be coughing up blood. Aspergilloma is a similar variety which involves a mass of the fungus. It may also invade the sinus cavity and grow there, causing headaches and other issues.
This one is a bit interesting because, while it may become toxic and harmful like other species, one of it's toxins is such a potent antibiotic (kills bacteria) that is is used to produce penicillin. Unless you're allergic to the toxin, you may have taken penicillin in the past to fight off an infection. That does NOT mean you should breathe it, because this unique genus can be responsible for a whole host of different health problems, including periodontitis (gum infection), necrotizing esophagitis (throat tissues dying), and urinary tract infections, as well as others.
Fusarium can be responsible for keratitis, which can affect hair or nails, and can also be responsible for skin irritation. While more responsible for crop damage, it may still grow in damp areas - including those in your home - and may get into your food, causing it to spoil or cause allergic and toxic reactions if accidentally ingested. Fusarium species, like other molds, may also cause disease in immunocompromised patients
Chaetomium is another species of black mold that, while less toxic than it's cousins in the Stachybotrys family, is still responsible for many indoor allergies, lung and sinus irritation, dermatitis (swelling in the skin, such as a rash), and onychomycosis (nail fungus). It is one of the most common species of mold present in buildings, and a few fatal cases of infection have been reported, according to the National Center for Microbiology Information.