Staten Island, New York (PressExposure) December 06, 2012 -- Mold laboratory analysis of air samples taken in a Sandy-flooded house on Glover Street in Staten Island, New York, revealed very high levels of toxic mold spores inside the home, in comparison with the outdoor control mold air test.
Lab analysis of five minute-long air testing samples (75 liters of air sampled per test) collected on Nov. 20, 2012, found the following high levels of airborne mold spores:
Living room air testing documented 222 spores of the dangerous, toxic mold species Aspergillus and Penicillium, along with 42 spores of the unhealthy mold Cladosporium. The lab-projected count per cubic meter of indoor breathing air was an astounding 2960 Aspergillus-Penicillium spores and 560 Cladosporium spores.
"All three mold species can cause severe respiratory problems. Aspergillus is a known cause of lung cancer. What is especially alarming about these high levels of discovered airborne mold spores is that home occupants breathe in air for many hours per day, not just for five minutes," commented Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Mold Inspector, Certified Mold Remediator, and Certified Ozone Professional.
Second floor living room air testing documented 285 spores of Penicillium/Aspergillus (projected to 3,800 spores per cubic meter), plus 28 spores of Cladosporium (projected to 373 spores per cubic meter).
Testing of one bedroom found an astounding 520 spores of Aspergillus/Penicillium (projected to 6,933 spores per cubic meter), plus 104 Cladosporium spores (projected to 1,387 per cubic meter).
Testing of the second floor master bedroom discovered 75 Aspergillus/Penicillium spores (projected to 1,000 per cubic meter), plus 32 Cladosporium spores (projected to 427 spores per cubic meter).
To know whether indoor mold levels are elevated and dangerous, the standard mold professional reasoning is that if indoor mold levels are higher than the outdoor control test, there is an indoor source for the mold infestations. The outdoor control air test done for this home found only 2 Aspergillus/Penicillium spores (projected to 27 per cubic meter), plus 5 Cladosporium mold spores (projected to 67 per cubic meter).
Such high levels of indoor mold per cubic meter of air are very dangerous to the health of home occupants. Only if the house is properly mold remediated could the house ever be occupied again. Learn how to do safe and effective mold remediation at http://www.hurricanemoldremediation.com.
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