This is a bathroom with the walls and fixtures removed.  The plumbing had a small leak, leaking drop by drop, for several years.  We did not know the leak existed before we pulled the walls and floors; and we did not know the mold existed either.   Most of the black in the picture (and some of the white) is mold.  The mold is gradually destroying the lumber and sheet rock.  All family members living in this home had been suffering from various symptoms of mold exposure.  CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE bathroom without walls.jpg (16995 bytes)
     There are approximately 40 known variations of mold, and they cause a myriad of health risks, such as:  allergy attacks, arthritic aching, asthma, bloody nose, bronchitis, coughing, chronic head aches, depression, dizziness, fatigue, hearing loss, loss of memory, nausea, pneumonia, restlessness, runny nose, sinus congestion, sneezing, trouble breathing, watery eyes, stiffness, loss of balance.                  CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE Water stain on basement wall.jpg (29448 bytes)
     Molds, and their microscopic spores, will gradually destroy the things they grow on.  You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.  Fix the water problem first, before you kill and clean up the mold. mold growing on the back of wallpaper.jpg (17647 bytes)
     If you already have a mold problem, then it is important to ACT QUICKLY.  Mold damages what it grows on.  The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.  Mold doesn't just grow on the surface; it also grows below the surface.  Remove any building material that shows more than a trace of mold, and replace with new building material. mold growing on a piece of ceiling tile.jpg (37089 bytes)
     Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy.  Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be impossible to remove completely.    CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE closeup of mold plants.jpg (92403 bytes)
This is a picture of a bathroom floor removed because the floor was soft.  Notice the wood around the toilet mounting flange.  The wood structure is covered with mold, and has spread up onto the surrounding walls.


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