Toxic Mold Increase for Plainfield

As an experienced mold inspector, I have seen only the rare case of toxic mold (or Black Mold) in the Plainfield area.  But, the rise of toxigenci mold seems to be increasing.  This may be the result of a spat of vacant homes during the last eight years due to foreclosures, or the aging of area homes.  Nonetheless, no one should take the presence or smell of mold lightly.  While, many mold types are generally allergenic, some are toxigenic.  In other words they can make you sick.

Some of the toxigenic types I am finding are:

  • Stachybotrys Chartarum (Black Mold)
  • Alternaria
  • Chatomium

It is frankly hard to determine the type of mold in a building, and even professionals can only guess at the type.  Samples are ususally taken and sent to labs for a full report.  That way, the family gets a fair and unbiased review of the mold threat.

To determine the house is a mold concern, an air sample is taken in the house and one outside the house.  Normally, the outside test will show worse results than the insie test.  If the inside counts are higher than the outside, it is time to locate and treat the mold problem.  Waiting is never a good option.  Mold is a growing threat that does not go away.  And, long term mold exposure is likely to impact family members.

Common reactions are: skin rashes, problems with eyes, ears, and throat, itchy eyes.  Children with persistent and non-sickness related symptoms may be signs that mold is a threat in your house.