Penicillium- Good Mold For Making Antibiotics And Cheese! Bad Mold If Growing In Your Tampa Home!

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Penicillium Mold

Penicillium is a very interesting genus of mold . Definitely the Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde of the mold world. First, there is Mr.Hyde. Maybe more like Mr.Hyde light. Penicillium species can cause allergic and asthmatic reaction in susceptible individuals as well as hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Penicillium is normally nonpathogenic with some exceptions. One exception is Penicillium marneffei, a dimorphic species capable of causing infection of the lymphatic system, the lungs, the liver, the skin, the spleen, and the bones. Penicillium marneffei can enter dermally, through breathing, and  the digestive tract. Southeast Asia and Indonesia are usually where these infections happen. Rarely does it run the risk of being pathogenic in people but its possible.

Now for Dr. Jekyll. So here is a good thing about Penicillium especially Penicillium chrysogenum. It’s where penicillin comes from. A lot of you probably have taken penicillin when you had an infection of some kind. As a matter of fact, it kills more kinds of bacterial infections than you would ever think. This discovery of penicillin was done by Alexander Fleming in1929. He grew the appropriate amounts of Penicillium chrysogenum and it exuded a substance with Gram Positive bacteria killing properties which he named penicillin. Its antibiotic potential was discovered in the late 1930’s. Toxic substances are produced by mold to kill off  fungi and bacteria that are competing for the same food source. One that kills off bacteria in humans when used at the proper amount is just what the doctor ordered. Also, several species of Penicillium molds are used to make cheese.

  • Penicillium camemberti, which is used in the making Camembert and Brie cheeses 
  • Penicillium Glaucum, which is used in making Gorgonzola cheese
  • Penicillium roqueforti, which is used in making Roquefort, Danish Blue cheese

Mmmm Mmmm I LOVE CHEESE!!!! This is definitely a good use of mold!!!

Please visit www.tampabaymold.net or CALL (813) 358-4766 to have your home or business evaluated for mold or correct any ongoing mold issues.

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Mold In The Bible? Really??? Mold Removal and Remediation In Leviticus 14!

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Yes, this blog is about  mold and mold remediation in the Bible. It is not about mold growing on the pages of a damp, musty Bible that was found in a flooded home like the one in the picture here. Well….. you are probably thinking that the Bible was written a long time ago.  Did they have mold problems back then? Yes, as a matter of fact God, the creator of everything and all the wisdom behind life’s matters, even describes in Leviticus14:33-53 in the Bible what to do if excessive mold is present, the process to remove and dispose of it and what to do if it continues to come back. So let me ask you a question. If God addresses it in the Bible, then don’t you think it is important to deal with and take care of this potentially harmful organism right away and not cover it up. Listen, sometimes you can’t just wipe down a wall or moldy surface with bleach or just paint over the mold, and expect it to just permanently disappear. The mold when it is growing produces mycotoxins which can be very harmful and mold spores that can go into the air and enter our body thru any opening of such as the lungs or eyes. Plus, there is an entire Ark full of nasty side effects that mold can have on the body too. So open up the Bible and do some reading. Start with Leviticus 13 and Leviticus 14 that are about diseases and mold. Who knows what else you might find that you don’t expect.

Please visit www.tampabaymold.net or CALL (813) 358-4766 to have your home or business evaluated for mold or correct any ongoing mold issues.

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Tampa Homeowners Find A Closed Crawlspace Is The Answer To Mold!

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Tampa Bay Homeowners May Find A Conditioned/Closed Crawl space Is The Answer To Their Warped Subfloors, Condensation and Mold Under Their Homes!!!

There has been a great debate on whether to have a vented/open or closed crawl space. Vented crawl spaces worked great until the invention of air conditioning. When a family keeps their home cool at around 72-75 degrees and the air outside is 85 degrees with  80% relative humidity is drawn into an open cool crawl space it can create condensation on support beams, floor joists, insulation and pipes. Ventilation will not solve this problem with humidity so high. The consistent high humidity and condensation  causes wood rot, mold and attracts all types of insects and termites in Tampa.

Closing a crawl space is now the standard for a lot of homes and will probably be part of the building codes in the near future due to energy efficiency reasons and prevention of wood decay and mold growth. Closing/conditioning a crawl space in post construction situations usually involves sealing vents, installing a vapor barrier if there isn’t one and installing a  high capacity dehumidifier such as a Santa Fe unit made by Therma-Stor to permanently keep the humidity around 40-50%.

Symptoms of a moisture laden crawl space could be a musty odor in the living area ,buckling wood floors or popping tiles. How the mold gets started is that the warm humid air coming into the crawlspace from the outside is cooled in the crawl space raising the humidity providing excessive moisture for mold growth. 70%+ Relative Humidity for 24 hours is all it takes to get the mold going.  This can also cause high humidity and mold growth in the living area  when A/C units may not be running in the cooler months of the year in Tampa.

 

Check out this Crawl Space Craziness in the picture to the below left from a previous Facebook post! Power venting is a great idea if there is dry air outside to pull through the crawl space but here in #Tampa it’s usually hot, humid air being pulled into a cool #crawlspace causing #condensation, #mold, wood decay and warped plywood subfloors. Conditioning the crawl space with a vapor barrier and a dehumidifier is a far superior, healthier and more cost effective way to handle these humidity issues!tampa mold removal tampa mold remdiationpower vented crawl space
For many years to save money contractors would have a vented/open crawl space so they wouldn’t have to spend money on closing it but in fact a vented/open crawl space may in the long run cost more money because of insect, wood decay and mold problems that occur later on. If you live in a house with a vented/open crawl space, you might want to seriously consider having it inspected for mold or wood decay.

 

 

 

 

 

Please visit www.tampabaymold.net or CALL (813) 358-4766 to have your home or business evaluated for mold or correct any ongoing mold issues.

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Black Mold The Symptom! Excessive Moisture The Disease In Tampa Homes!

 

Black Mold In Tampa Homes

I am pretty sure by now most people have all heard of the black mold, Stachybotrys, or may be some other common indoor molds such as Aspergillis, Penicillium or Chaetomium. The overgrowth of colonies of these fungi would never occur at all if it not for the presence of extremely high levels of moisture in these homes and businesses In Tampa. The key to keeping mold spore levels under control in these locations is KEEP IT DRY! Excessive humidity and water intrusion are the disease. Mold growth is merely a symptom of this problem. No moisture problem, no germination of mold spores! Its that simple! Mold needs certain things to grow. They are water, the right temperature, oxygen Black mold was growing in most buildings that flooded.and a food source(usually building materials containing cellulose). Of these things, moisture, meaning excessive levels of it, is the easiest to manage by far. Most high levels of moisture are due to generally high humidity or water intrusion from a flood or leak of some sort whether man-made or mother nature.

Please visit www.tampabaymold.net or CALL (813)358-4766 to have a evaluation for mold or correct any ongoing mold issues.

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TAMPA HURRICANE MOLD PREVENTION TREATMENT | TampaBayMold.net

Tampa Hurricane Mold Prevention Treatment

TampaBayMold.net discusses it’s Hurricane Mold Prevention Treatment to avoid costly mold remediation and mold removal as a result of high humidity conditions created by extended power outages due to tropical storms and hurricanes.

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