Frequently Asked Questions About Mold Removal and Asbestos

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate (a chemical that contains silicon) mineral, used historically in fireproofing materials, brake linings, roofing and other construction materials, chemical filters, and electrical insulation. Though asbestos is an effective fire retardant, its use in these and other materials has been linked to serious illnesses that can be fatal, such as lung cancer, asbestosis (an often fatal non-cancer disease), and mesothelioma, a rare but aggressive form of cancer. You should have a professional asbestos inspection done before any construction or demolition, particularly if the structure was built between the 1940s and the 1970s.

Is mold dangerous?

The short answer is yes. Nearly all mold can be dangerous to certain segments of the population. Though some mold, such as those referred to as ‘black mold,’ can lead to fatalities, nearly all mold that grow inside your home can be dangerous because they can lead to health problems, particularly in individuals with immune deficiencies. The best way to avoid health issues is to prevent mold from occurring in the first place, but if you need mold inspection and remediation, contact S&M Enterprise of New Jersey.

How can I prevent mold?

There are a number of steps you can take to prevent the growth of mold in your house, including repairing all leaks as soon as you learn of them, controlling humidity, eliminating carpets where necessary, and properly circulating air throughout your house.

What types of mold can grow indoors?

Though all of the most common types of indoor mold are not the ‘black mold’ or ‘toxic’ kind, it’s still important to have a professional determine which types of mold are occurring within your home. Many types of outdoor mold spores can travel indoors, if the environment is moist or humid, or in the event of a flood or other water damage. The most prevalent types of mold include black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum), Penicillium, Alternaria, and Chaetomium.

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