Mold

The Effects of Mold

Mold needs moisture in order to grow and thrive. Many mold problems originate as a result of some kind of water intrusion, such as roof leaks and/or blocked gutters. Gutters that are blocked can cause water to seep into walls, through the roof, and can cause water to collect at the base of the foundation, which will result in further water damage in a building.

Mold in Office Building

Mold can cause a wide array of adverse responses in humans depending on the type and quantity that is present.

Problems Associated with Molds
ALLERGIES
High levels of mold, can cause people working in your building to suffer from allergic reactions to the mold. The most common symptoms of an allergic response to increased levels of mold range from runny noses, itchy-watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, and throat irritation to more severe symptoms caused by chronic conditions such as sinusitis and asthma.

According to a Mayo Clinic Study, nearly all chronic sinus infections (afflicting 37 million Americans) are a result of molds.

 

LESS PRODUCTIVITY AT WORK
Fungi produce Volatile Organic Compounds during the process of degrading substances to obtain nutrition. Exposure to high levels of VOCs may irritate the mucous membranes and the central nervous system leading to symptoms of headaches, decreased attention span, difficulty in concentration, and dizziness. The mold also produces a musty odor that will certanily decrease employee morale.

Whitco Roofing Preventive Maintenance Programs will ensure that: A) Your building never develops any mold associated with roof leaks or blocked gutters. B) If you already have mold associated with roof leaks, we will stop all your roof leaks, before they can cause anymore structural damage to your building.

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