Can Black Mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) Affect Pregnancy?

Stachybotrys chartarum or black mold as it’s commonly called by the general public has been associated with numerous health issues some of which have not been scientifically proven. Among the many concerns is that exposure to Stachybotrys chartarum during pregnancy can cause pregnancy loss or stillbirth. This article briefly explains what Stachybotrys chartarum is, how […]

Is Dry Rot Fungus Dangerous?

The dry rot fungus, Serpula lacrymans, is one of the most destructive wood decay fungi in buildings in many countries around the world. Due to its destructive nature, Serpula lacrymans is often referred to as a “building cancer”.  It can also cause structural damage to masonry.  The fungus thrives in poorly ventilated, dark places with elevated […]

Airborne fungal spores exposure limits

A common question often asked is what are the airborne fungal spores exposure limits in both indoor and outdoor environments? In other words, what are the maximum spore concentrations that a healthy person can inhale without getting sick? While there are no universally acceptable airborne fungal spores exposure limits, existing evidence suggests such limits would […]

Using Molds As Forensic Tools In Building Investigations

One question we often receive is whether there are some molds that are specific to marijuana grow ops. Well, if there were some, we could use them as forensic tools to detect buildings that were ever used as grow ops long after the operations were discontinued. Recent research has shown that molds can effectively be used as […]

Can a Landlord Sue a Tenant for Mold Growth?

Can a landlord sue a tenant for mold growth? Recently, I came across some rather misleading advice online. The advice stated that as a tenant, if you suffered from any illness due to mold contamination in your rented home, then you could sue your landlord for compensation and damage. All you need to do is to […]

Are Indoor Molds Really a Health Hazard?

It is always debated as to whether indoor molds can actually cause health problems. To able to answer this question, it is important to understand what indoor molds are and what they can and cannot do. Molds belong to a group (kingdom) of organisms called Fungi. This kingdom consists of not just molds but also yeasts, and mushrooms. […]

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