How Mold in Homes & Buildings across Puerto Rico Can Impact People’s Health
Zimmetry Environmental provides indoor air quality (IAQ) services to identify mold and other potentially harmful contaminants.
In Puerto Rico, residents who suspect there may be mold growth in their home, school or work environment, or in a property they may purchase, can turn to the building science experts at Zimmetry Environmental.
Earlier this month, U.S. News & World Report published an article about how the presence of mold can impact people’s health and also the value of their property. It discussed the importance of people talking to a professional if they have a mold issue and if they are in the market to buy a property to have any signs of mold and moisture damage investigated before making an offer.
Inhalation exposure to elevated levels of mold indoors can cause health effects in many people. This is because molds produce allergens, irritants, and, in some cases certain types of mold can produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins.
Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals and the mold does not have to be alive to cause a reaction. This is why it is important to minimize people’s exposure to mold, even after it is no longer alive. These allergic reactions are quite common and can be immediate or delayed. Repeated or a single exposure to mold, mold spores or mold fragments may even cause non-sensitive individuals to become sensitive to mold and repeated exposure has the potential to increase sensitivity.
“Exposure to mold can even trigger asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “As an irritant, mold can irritate people’s eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of individuals whether or not they are allergic to it. Breathing it may also cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), a disease that resembles bacterial pneumonia and exposure to certain types of mold, such as Aspergillus that is commonly associated with water damaged buildings, may result in opportunistic infections in people whose immune systems are weakened or suppressed.”
In Puerto Rico, residents who suspect there may be mold growth in their home, school or work environment, or in a property they may purchase, can turn to the building science experts at Zimmetry Environmental. Their professionals offer comprehensive testing and inspection services to identify the presence of mold in both visible areas and in hidden locations.
To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their mold, building science, indoor environmental quality, and compliance and consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.
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