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A Brief History Of Black Mold (Stachybotrys Chartarum)

Given all the recent news stories and hysteria about Black mold, many people believe that this problem sprung into being overnight. But, just as with anything that exists, there is a history behind the origins of this household health threat. Here is a brief history of black mold throughout the ages.

Black Mold in Biblical Times

Yes. Black mold goes back at least that far. In fact, in the Old Testament Book of Leviticus the Bible gives instructions on how to eliminate toxic mold. It says that any house with “defiling” mold should be taken away from civilization and that anyone exposed to it should bathe thoroughly. Here is an excerpt from Leviticus 14: “The priest is to order the house to be emptied before he goes in to examine the mold, so that nothing in the house will be pronounced unclean. After this the priest is to go in and inspect the house.” Not quite the sophisticated methods we use today but it does show a very early acknowledgement of the problem by our forbearers.

Toxic Black Mold in Eastern Europe (1800s – 1900s)

Perhaps the person most closely associated with discovering toxic black mold in the modern era is Carl Joseph Corda, a Czech mycologist. Corda first described poisonous black mold in 1837 after he found it growing on the walls of his house in Prague. Later in the 1920’s, many Russian farm animals died from what appeared to be a mysterious disease that has since been linked to the presence of toxic black mold. At that time, the disease was called stachybotryotoxicosis.

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Toxic mold was first recognized as being a danger to human health in the 1940s. It caused disease in Russian farm workers who had been exposed to black mold from farm animals and their surrounding environment. The farm workers suffered from the same afflictions that were seen in their animals such as bleeding, fever, fatigue and respiratory difficulties. A few victims of black mold exposure even died at the time. Additionally, black mold is so toxic that it has been used as a biological weapon staring back in the Vietnam War. At the time, it was the key component to “Yellow Rain”. (This was a concentration of T-2 trichothecene mycotoxins which was harvested from toxic black mold.

Today

We’ve come a long way in our knowledge of black mold. We have technologies that can detect it in its most minute form. We have processes that can eliminate it and prevent it from becoming a danger to human health. Our company does mold cleanup Thousand in Oaks, in the aftermath of flood events. But mold remediation is only one component of what we do. We also do fire damage and smoke repair as well.

Mold Poisoning in Cats and Dogs: Symptoms and Treatments

When mold rears its ugly head in our homes it threatens every member of the household. This includes our non-human, four-legged pets – namely our cats and dogs. However, unlike the human members of our families, our pets cannot always express to us exactly what ails them in a way that we can understand. Thus, it is important to recognize the signs of exposure in our pets and to know that treatment does exist for our furry friends in the event they become exposed to mold.

Symptoms

As discomforting as it may be, it can be far easier for our pets to become exposed to mold than it is for us to be. After all, they can move around in tight, remote corner of the home, do not recognize mold as a danger and can come into contact with it as they explore their world. In other words, they can easily lick, brush up against and inhale all kinds of mold without the capacity to understand the dangers that such actions cause. Therefore, as caring owners we should recognize these signs of mold exposure in our pets.

  • Respiratory distress: This includes difficult or rapid breathing, nasal discharge, coughing, wheezing, sneezing, lethargy and in severe cases, bleeding from the nose and/or mouth
  • Gastrointestinal distress: This includes vomiting, sudden stool changes, etc.
  • Physical irritation: Depending on the kind of mold your pet is exposed to, the signs of physical distress can include scratching, chewing, licking or biting at itchy areas of the body. If the distress is great enough, it may even lead to sores and fur loss.cats and dogs

Treatment for Mold Exposure

Of course, if you have discovered that your pet has been exposed to toxic mold rest assured that there are treatments that can be effective. Your vet will give you greater detail on this but natural detoxifying agents such as glutathione, NAC, artichoke extract can help in some cases. However, don’t try these treatments until you have taken your pet to a veterinarian and he/she recommends you use these medications.

How to Keep Your Pet Safe from Mold

Of course, prevention is always the wisest course to take when it comes to mold exposure. Thus, we recommend cleaning your pets’ toys, bowls, etc. on a daily basis and having your home inspected for mold by professionals. Professionals can detect mold on a microscopic level. Our company also does water damage in Thousand Oaks as well as flood damage restoration in Thousand Oaks. So, be safe. Protect all the members of your family.

Why Your Business Needs Fire Insurance

One of the advantages of using our services is that we can help expedite your insurance claim in the event of a fire. For businesses this can be especially important since a hostile fire – one that is unintended and uncontrollable – can have a negative impact on that company’s bottom-line by causing it to lose money while repairs are being made. Sadly, some businesses either forgo fire insurance coverage or do not have enough fire insurance to cover such a catastrophic event. If you are leaning toward skipping this policy, here are a few that reasons why having fire insurance for your business is a smart idea.

  • Fires are a common cause of property damage: While fires occur with greater frequency to homes than they do to businesses, they are still one of the most common causes of property damage to companies. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, 28% of fires occur to commercial, institutional or public buildings.
  • Repairs can be extensive: If your business has little or no fire insurance coverage then it will have to foot the bill when a major disaster occurs. Depending upon the extent of the damage, costs can be so great that they can actually cause businesses to shut down permanently. Fire insurance can cover most if not all of a company’s loss in the aftermath of a fire.
  • You may lose business: A company that is closed for an extended period of time may end up losing business while repairs are being made, the business is being relocated, etc. If your company has adequate insurance then repairs will be expedited quicker than if it is lacking coverage.
  • Fire insurance helps you sleep at night: Business owners have a lot of things to worry about. Fire should be the least of their concerns. When a company has adequate fire insurance coverage, its owners and employees can have peace of mind and focus on maintaining and growing their business. fire
  • It may be mandatory: If your business has been supported by a loan of some type, fire coverage may be a prerequisite to maintaining said coverage. Lenders want to know that they will be able to recoup their losses should the unplanned happen.

For all these reasons and more, having adequate fire coverage is a necessity for protecting your company’s assets, its employees and its lenders. We can help you in the event of fire as we not only specialize in fire damage repair and water damage restoration; we also work with insurance companies to make sure that you are compensated in an expeditious manner.

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