COVID-19 Company Statement and Safety Protocol

 

At H2H Indoor Air Solutions and House2Home Inspections, we value the safety of our Clients and Inspectors, Agents and others who may be onsite during an inspection. We want to assure you that during these times of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we are taking all possible precautions, and have implemented the Safety Protocol below for all our Inspectors.

 

Upon arriving onsite, Inspectors will:

 

  1. Practice social distancing at all times keeping a minimum of six feet from others and review our Safety Protocol with anyone at the location.
  2. Wear a face mask before entering the property and throughout the inspection.
  3. Sanitize hands upon entering the property and immediately put on gloves.
  4. Be cognizant during the inspection of any surfaces touched, and will sanitize those surfaces prior to leaving the property.

Upon concluding the inspection, Inspectors will remove from the property all gloves, wipes, and any other materials used during the inspection.

 

Please let us know if anyone who will be present for an inspection has experienced fever or respiratory symptoms, traveled out of the country, tested positive for (or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for) COVID-19 in the past two weeks, as the safety of our Clients, Inspectors and others is our first priority.

 

We thank you for your business and wish good health to you and those you love!

 


Professional, Compassionate, Discreet

 

Are all Molds Toxic?

MYCOTOXIN

Not all molds produce mycotoxins. In fact only several do.

Mycotoxins are the mold’s defense mechanism. Because other molds are competing for the food source the bad molds compete for the food source using the mycotoxins. How the mycotoxins attack other molds goes in a scientific depth not needed here however they do produce toxic, immunosuppressive and carcinogenic substances. These substances not only attack other molds they can attack humans.

Mycotoxins can cause a variety of short term as well as long-term health effects, ranging from immediate toxic response to potential long term carcinogenic effects. Symptoms due to exposure to mycotoxins include but are not limited to dermatitis, cold and flu symptoms, sore throats, headaches, fatigue, diarrhea and impaired or altered immune functions.

Mycotoxins are very small and cannot be detected visually and with a standard mold test. There are several Mycotoxins that can go airborne. These are Ochratoxins, Aflatoxins and Trichothecenes.

The good news they are Doctors who can test to see if these three mycotoxins are in your body by taking a blood and urine sample. If they are can they be tested in your home where most likely they were generated from? Yes they can.

When we test for mold spores they may or may not show up in an air sample. The right conditions are needed for the mold to release it spores. However if the mold is one of the toxic molds the Mycotoxins will show up no matter where the mold is growing or whether it is visible or not.

 

There are five categories of toxic mold. They are Cladosporium, Penicilium, Fusarium, Aspergillus, and Stachybotrys. Some of the species included in these categories may only cause hay fever-like allergic reactions, while others can cause potentially deadly illnesses. All five of these mold families can be found lurking indoors, in damp spaces. Each has its own particular characteristics that can greatly affect whatever organism or material it contacts. Indoor mold is not always obvious. Mold can manifest on hidden surfaces, such as wallpaper, paneling, the top of ceiling tiles, and underneath carpet.

 

Stachbotrys

The toxin produced by Stachybotrys chartarum is the most deadly. It has been tied to diseases as minor as hay fever, to those as serious as liver damage, pulmonary edema, and in the most severe cases, brain or nerve damage and even death. It has also been linked to severe illness in infants. Those with compromised immune systems, small children, and the elderly are highly susceptible to illness when they come in contact with this species of mold. Some symptoms associated with exposure to Stachybotrys include:


respiratory issues
nasal and sinus congestion
eye irritation
sore throat
hacking cough
chronic fatigue
central nervous system issues
aches and pains

Cladosporium, Fusarium, and Penicillium

These mold families have been connected to illnesses such as nail fungus, asthma, and also infections of the lungs, liver, and kidneys. Additionally, Fusarium may cause gastrointestinal illnesses, and even illness which affect the female reproductive system. Chronic cases of Cladosporium may produce pulmonary edema and emphysema.

Aspergillus

The least serious of the toxic mold groups, the Aspergillus mold family consists of over 160 species. Only 16 of those cause illness in humans, none of which are fatal if treated.

Toxic molds produce chemicals during their natural growth that are classified as toxins or poisons. The types that have been found to have profound effects on human health, are given the label of "toxic mold."

Toxic molds are all very dangerous if allowed to grow inside the home. Proper precautions should be taken to prevent and eliminate their growth. These measures should include eliminating every material that nourishes the molds, such as old remodeling materials left in a basement. Also, never try to determine the type of mold in your home. Contact a professional to test any mold colony you may find, and consult with your family physician.