Living Sept/Oct 2006 Business Spotlight
Is Mold Dampening Your Spirits?
Enivro-Clean uses UV sunlight technology to clean the house of mold.
WRITER: Christy Smith
Your house could be making you sick. Do you experience skin rash, a runny or
congested nose, eye irritation, heavy snoring or coughing? Those symptoms could
be caused by allergies to mold spores growing in your home.
Mold is everywhere.
Researchers have identified more than 100,000 varieties. Molds are members of
the fungi kingdom, cousins to mushrooms, yeast and mildews.
Helpful molds give us cheese and penicillin. In nature, mold helps decompose
plant matter, leaves and wood. Problems start when mold begins digesting the
organic materials in our homes, like drywall and wooden beams.
molds usually don’t
affect healthy people. However, others produce toxins, called mycotoxins, to
defend themselves against other molds
and bacteria. When enough mycotoxins build up, they can aggravate asthma and
allergies, cause tiredness, snoring, short-term memory loss, and, in severe
cases, kindle recurring illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia. A doctor can
treat the condition, but unless the mold is found and eliminated, people may
continue to suffer.
"Mold loves dark, wet areas," says Anna Daily, owner of Enviro-Clean
of Atlanta. “Air conditioning units draw moisture from the air, so
the units are dark and full of water. They are a fine source of air pollutants
and a breeding ground for mold.” Once it gets a foothold, mold is known
to multiply rapidly.
Some products use ozone to kill mold, which pollutes the air and causes
other dangerous health problems. A clean, safe way to kill mold is
sunlight. But how do you get sunlight into the home’s darkest corners?
"The patented Air Probe Sanitizer uses UVC light, a low-level form
of sunlight, to kill mold,” Daily says. “We install it
at the air conditioner’s
cooling coil, so it treats every square inch of the air inside the house.”
Leeann Mohundro of Woodstock was doubtful, but desperate to lessen
asthma and allergy sufferings. “I’m a skeptic like anybody else,” Mohundro
says. “I thought, ‘Okay, so a blue light in the air conditioner
will fix everything.’ A year later, the kids are off their allergy meds
and their asthma is only seasonal.”
Three years ago, Robin Oxford was plagued with a snoring husband and
her son also endured asthma. “I had never thought of having the ductwork cleaned,” Oxford
says. “We saw a difference immediately. The Air Probe Sanitizer has lived
up to its promise. It was worth the price to quiet my husband’s snoring.”
If you think mold might be making your family sick, call a professional
who can test your home, gathering evidence by using swabs, tape-lifts
and air samples
to identify the root of your sickness.
Treatment depends on the severity of the infestation, says Daily. Sometimes
a good cleaning with an anti-microbial product is all it takes to remove
the mold. In extreme cases, carpet and walls may have to be removed.
After an anti-microbial
cleaning of the ducts and the home’s interior, the Air Probe Sanitizer
can be installed as a final measure to keep mold spores from forming.
For more information about the air quality in your home, visit www.envirocleanatl.com
or call Anna and Sean Daily or any of the air quality specialists at
Enviro-Clean of Atlanta at 770-432-1511 for a home air test and estimate.
Christy Smith is a local freelance writer.
Together with business partner and
wife Anna, Sean Daily of Enviro-Clean of Atlanta explains that mold is
a problem all over the Southeast. The mold in the jar that he is holding
was scraped from an air conditioning unit in a commercial office building