Sink of the Month

It may not happen often, but every once in a while a mold inspector finds an extreme mold problem. Brought on by deferred maintenance and time moisture came from the eventual deterioration of the waterproofing seals (silicone) between the sink and the countertop.

Daily usage or sinks and shower can create a moisture problem that slowly grows every day. Recorded levels of moisture in the building materials can be as high as 99.0% wet. For black mold, that is the perfect environment to grow.

All the black color is mold

It did take some time for the water to damage the materials, but here you can see how moisture created mold and eventual disintegration of the materials (black mold).

Below a homeowner tried to stop water from creating a major water damage and mold problem. Many types of sinks have inherent design flaws that allow water intrusion to ruin your home an create mold growth. The tupper ware has become a reservoir to catch the water created from using the kitchen sink on a daily basis.

Sink of the month creates water damage and mold in your home. Take action now and fight mold, allergens, and health problems today!

Don’t wait, prevent mold growth and water damage by contacting FunGuy Mold Inspections in Los Angeles 818-745-6653 (mold).

Protect Yourself from Allergens, Mildew, and Mold in Your Home

No matter what time of year it may be, or how clean you keep your home, there can be a hidden danger, lurking, waiting to strike.  It can be growing right now, as we speak, threatening to cause health problems for you and your family.  It’s pervasive, invasive, and unwelcome in any home.  Often, you don’t even know you have it, and it can be hard to spot, even while damage is being done.  What is this hidden menace?  Mold, mildew, and common allergens!

allergytestingformoldroachesandotherallergens

Some people are extremely sensitive to common allergens, mold, mildew, bacteria, and other unpleasant things that can develop in your home office, garage, and elsewhere.  Others may not be sensitive to these problems, but can, over time, develop serious health issues as a result. 

In all cases, these hidden dangers should be identified and dealt with, in order to reduce any harm that may come to you or your family members.  It’s especially important for those people who have small children, the elderly, or anyone with high sensitivities or depressed immune systems to deal with these problems promptly and professionally, before they have a negative impact on your life. 

The best way to ensure that allergens, mold, and mildew in your home is identified, treated, removed, and is less likely to reoccur is to have a professional inspection service conduct tests in your home.  In the greater Los Angeles area, FunGuy Inspections is a leading company that performs these tests, and many other related diagnostic and investigative services.  They can help identify what is growing in your home, what’s spreading in the air, and – most importantly – how to get it treated, and steps to take so that it won’t happen again.

Pure Air Control Services Opens Northeast Office

Northeast Office Territory

Pure Air Control Services, Inc. leader and innovator for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) services has opened a new northeast office to better serve their customers’ needs in that region of the United States. The new King of Prussia office will be managed by building scientist, Karl Stefan. Karl has been with Pure Air Control Services since 2017. He is a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) with The American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) and has conduct numerous building investigations over the years for Pure Air Control Services.

Engineered Solutions
Pure Air Control Services provides IAQ and energy saving engineered solutions through its three highly specialized divisions.

Building Sciences conducts indoor environmental investigations to identify potential threats. They can test for very specific IAQ complaints or evaluate the entire building envelope for any deficiencies.

Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) provides microbiological analysis to support Building Sciences assessments. They also serve other industrial hygienists and clients who have an in-house environmental team. EDLab is CDC Elite Program and New York State Department of Health ELAP (#12086) certified for Legionella testing. They offer quick turnaround for Legionella testing using state-of-the-art molecular testing methods.

Building Remediation Sciences (BRS) offers innovative and propriety services to restore optimal IAQ. BRS is a highly trained team of NADCA certified mechanical technicians and mold remediators. The main services they provide are PURE-Duct hygienic cleaning, PURE-Steam HVAC/Coil Cleaning, PURE-Decon building/room disinfection and HVAC New Life hygienic restoration.

Markets Served
Human beings spend 90% of the time indoors and breathe about 3,000 gallons of air a day! Everyone needs good IAQ! Recent studies have shown that optimal IAQ improves employee productivity. Not to mention, fouled HVAC equipment leads to decreases in energy efficiency!

Pure Air Control Services has a vast array of experience with all levels of governmental agencies (including military bases), K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, healthcare facilities and commercial properties. Now these types of customers can access professional IAQ services through the northeast office.

To ease the procurement process Pure Air Controls also has cooperative purchasing contracts through E&I and TIPS, as well as a federal GSA Contract.

King of Prussia Northeast Office

Pure Air Control Services northeast office is designed to serve all of Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The new northeast office is located at 630 Business Drive, 3rd Floor, Suite 5, King of Prussia, PA 19406. The direct phone number is (610) 768-7716 or toll free at 1-800-422-7873. This office will be available for on-site meetings and presentations. Mr. Stefan will also be traveling throughout the territory calling on customers for IAQ testing and consulting, as well as educating with presentations and lunch and learns.

Ensure your Home or Office is Asbestos and Mold Free

The first thing that a homeowner or business owner tends to do when they find mold or asbestos is try and clean it up. But then that is not always the best course of action. Asbestos and mold removal is not easy if you are not a professional.  Mold can leave a displeasing mess that smells really bad; but even worse, it can damage one’s home and put your health at risk.

Asbestos, is a well-known carcinogen and refers to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the ability to resist heat, fire and electricity, it is usually found in most buildings that were built before 1980, and those houses that were built around 1930-1950 usually have asbestos as insulation. Asbestos is still used today in several products frequently used in construction. In response, regulations to protect the health and safety of the employees, occupants and contractors were made.

The Hazardous Asbestos

Before removing any asbestos, it is important to know the safety tips, which is why asking for the assistance of professionals is truly important. Asbestos can cause many health risks, including cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. It usually takes 10 – 50 years from the time of exposure for conditions to develop, making it hard to diagnose in early stages.

These are just two of the diseases that can result from asbestos exposure:

Lung Cancer: Most commonly associated with factors like smoking and radon, lung cancer is also known to be exacerbated by exposure to asbestos. Researchers have found that about 3 – 4% of lung cancer diagnoses are asbestos related.

Asbestosis: This respiratory condition results from the formation of scar tissue plaques on the surface of the pleura lung tissue (lung linings). It can be a precursor to the onset of mesothelioma.

Remember that there is no such thing as safe level of asbestos exposure. Early removal of asbestos is important; prevention is better than cure.

Importance of Mold Removal for the Health


There are numerous benefits of professional mold removal. Mold can spread quickly which makes it hard to find where it originated. But professional remediation will be able to locate the source of the mold where it grows and completely remove it. Just like asbestos, mold can also be hazardous to your health which may cause a wide range of health issues, depending on the type of mold and severity of the infestation. The most common ailment is respiratory infections, which can be especially hazardous to anyone with asthma and other breathing difficulties. The longer you’re exposed to mold, the worse your condition can get.

It surely may seem less expensive to do the removal on your own, but not being knowledgeable will end up costing homeowners and business owners more in the long run. To make sure that the mold or asbestos is removed safely at home or work, it’s best to let the professionals handle the work.

Contact Fun Guy Inspections at 818-674-7541 today.

How to test and improve the air quality in your home — because indoor air is shockingly worse than outdoor air

ndoor air quality (IAQ) probably isn’t top of mind for most people, if any. But it should be because you’re probably not breathing clean air.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.” That means headaches, itchy eyes, and fatigue now, and an increased potential for respiratory complications, heart disease, or cancer later. So yeah, it’s serious stuff.

IAQ is affected by myriad factors, but according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the leading issue is poor ventilation. In theory, you can just open the windows to increase air flow but that might not be a pleasant option in the dead of winter, or even a option at all if you live in an urban environment with poor outdoor air to begin with.

Thankfully, there are different methods to improve IAQ, like testing your indoor air, creating clean oxygen with a houseplant, and even reducing the use of some household products that can lead to high levels of total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), which are the gases emitted by everything like nail polish, paint, or even just your stovetop when making dinner.

Here are five ways to test, filter, and improve your IAQ.

Test your space with an IAQ monitor

If you live in a well-ventilated house in a rural area not used for raising livestock, then you may have great IAQ in your home; the rest of us probably have issues.

Using an IAQ monitor gives you a real-time snapshot of the air in your home (or office, school, daycare center — you get it) and can also help get an accurate sense of the air by tracking data over time. That way, you won’t wonder if you just tested the air at a bad time or get a false positive if you happened to test a room while its air was unusually pure.

Test for radon gas too

And while you’re at it, it’s also a good idea to use a radon detector. Radon is a radioactive, odorless, and invisible gas that comes up from the ground, so even a clean home with intentionally-reduced levels of TVOC can be at risk. And radon is deadly; after smoking, it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer.

A good radon detector will give you both current and historical data on the gas levels found in your home. If it’s consistently high, consider hiring someone to help you seal off the bottom of your house and potentially install a ventilation system under your home too.

Detox with an air purifier

A good air purifier isn’t cheap, but a great air purifier is actually kind of expensive. The benefits of clean indoor air can extend throughout your life, so a one-time expenditure now could actually save you a lot in medical bills later — not to mention quality and maybe even duration of life.

The Blueair Classic 480i air purifier ($686.99) uses a HEPA filter and an electrostatic charge to capture harmful particles in the air, and it can be set to automatically adjust fan speed and clean the air faster when sensors detect an increase in air pollution. The Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 air purifier ($550) has a mechanical filtration system and uses activated carbon to capture the smallest bits of pollutant. The system features an Air Quality Indicator Light that tells you the IAQ in real time with five different colors. Blue? That’s high-quality air. Purple? Better set the thing on high and go outside for a walk.

Create your own oxygen with houseplants

Capturing TVOCs, allergens, bacteria, dust, and other unpleasantness floating in your air is a great way to make indoor air less bad. But to make it better, you need to add more pure O2.

And how do you do that? With houseplants.

Plants are pretty amazing. They consume carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and add a lovely aesthetic upgrade all at the same time. At a quick count, my wife and I have 17 houseplants in our home. They vary between pothos plants that are tucked out of sight and allowed to grow as large as they want along with more curated, interesting ones in decorative planters.

Read moreThe best houseplants you can buy online that are super easy to grow

Clean with safer household products

One of the best ways to reduce the harmful TVOCs contaminating indoor air is to never present them in the first place. When shopping for household products you use on a regular basis like dishwasher detergent or dish soap, consider a brand like Lemi Shine, which makes cleaning products with natural citrus extracts instead of potentially dangerous chemicals. Or Aunt Fannie’s cleaners; its glass cleaner, floor wash, and multi-purpose cleaning solution are all vinegar based.

Decorate with zero-VOC paint

And when it comes time to paint the walls of a room, spend the extra money for zero VOC paint. You will be keeping your family safer and, because the paint is also low in odor, you won’t have to deal with that awful smell lingering for days.

Article Source:
https://www.businessinsider.com/improve-indoor-air

Filtering Your Home

Air Purifiers

When looking into air purifier reviews, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. If you have little to no experience with purifiers, or if you do not know a lot of the details about how they work, you might not know where to turn. After all, they all do different work. HEPA, activated carbon, ionic, and UV all come with their own advantages and disadvantages. If you want to make sure that you choose the right one for you, you have to know the details of the types of filters themselves. Knowing their differences will help you immensely.

Filtering the Air within Your Home to Reduce Mold Spores, Dust Mites, Bacteria, and Smells

HEPA is one of the best air purifiers for mold and allergens. It can filter out up to 99.97% of the particles around your home. This includes dust, pollen, mold, and various other microns. It can capture microns at a size as small as .3, which includes many of the most dangerous particles out there. It is a highly effective option that is widely recommended by specialists. The only downsides are that it does not get anything smaller than .3 and it does not get smells.

Activated charcoal is another great option. This type of purifier absorbs well, even filtering out smells. What stays in these filters stays in forever, too. You do not have to worry about anything going back into the air after captured. The only issue is that it is not effective for allergens. If you are looking into air purifiers for allergens, you are better off with HEPA. This is best when you want to focus on smells and other concerns aside from allergens.

Ionic air purifiers can get the smallest of microns, down to a .1 size. This means that you do not have to worry about particles at all, no matter how big or small they are. This covers more bases than other filtration systems do. If you get this because you are interested in air purifiers for allergens, though, do keep in mind that it is not as good as you might hope. This is because it releases ozone, which can damage your health.

Another one of the best air purifiers for mold is the UV air purifier. This can destroy mold and bacteria, even helping you to stay healthy. It does not keep them in the filtration system like HEPA filters do so you do not have to worry about health risks. The only issue is that UV filtration systems do not capture allergens or smells.

No matter what you read on air purifier reviews, you have to remember that a purifier is no good if you do not change or clean the filter. Following the instructions with the filtration system of your choice, clean or change out the filter on a regular basis. This is an important part of keeping it working and watching out for your health.

The Mold Facts is dedicated to providing you a healthy and safe indoor atmosphere. We are a leading mold inspection company in Los Angeles specializing in air quality testing in Los Angeles and nearby areas including Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Valencia, Oxnard.

Contact our mold inspection experts at 866-674-7541 to know more.

7 Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is much more important than most people believe. The average American spends 87 percent of their life indoors, according to the EPA. If we’re not outside getting fresh air, then it’s essential to do everything we can to improve the quality of the air inside our homes and offices. Here are seven eco-friendly ways to do that without emptying your wallet in the process.

  1. Go Green — Literally
    Going green, in this case, doesn’t refer to using eco-friendly products or separating your recyclables. When it comes to improving air quality, the concept of going green is a little more literal. Adding plants to your home can help improve interior air quality naturally, at the cost of a bit of water a few times a week. According to NASA, some plants are better than others for this task. To find the best plants for cleaning the air in space, the agency compiled a list of common houseplants that can be used to remove everything from benzene and ammonia to formaldehyde from the air around them.

Most of these plants, from snake plants to English ivy, can be picked up at your local nursery for a few dollars each. Plus, research has shown that keeping houseplants can improve your mental health, so it’s a win-win.

  1. Leave Your Shoes Outside
    How many of you reading this wear your shoes all the time, even if you’re in the house? If this sounds like you, you’re not alone, but you may also be contributing to the poor air quality within your home. When you wear your shoes indoors, you’re tracking in everything you’ve stepped in during the day, from dust and pollen to dangerous chemicals. These molecules are cast into the air every time you take a step.

Start by leaving your shoes on the porch or just inside your front door. If you need to have something on your feet, keep a pair of slippers or house shoes that you can wear while you’re indoors. This little change can improve the quality of the air in your home without costing you a dime.

  1. Call a Professional
    If you’re trying to save money, it might be tempting to try to repair your home’s HVAC system on your own. This kind of DIY is only a good idea if you’re an HVAC professional. Otherwise, you may find yourself in over your head with the system’s high voltage power and dangerous refrigerants. One improperly tightened seal could leak coolant into your home, severely compromising your interior air quality and putting both yourself and your family at risk. Releasing refrigerant into the atmosphere is also dangerous for the environment.

Calling a professional, licensed technician might be expensive, but when it comes to your home’s HVAC system, it is the most eco-friendly option available.

  1. Eat Organic
    Adding organic fruits and vegetables to your diet isn’t just a great way to avoid ingesting pesticides or other dangerous chemicals — it can also help to protect the air quality of your home. The compounds that preserve traditionally farmed produce can permeate the air around them, especially if you leave some of your fruits or vegetables in bowls or on the counter rather than in the fridge.

Going organic might be a little bit more expensive than buying regular grocery store fruits and vegetables, but in the long run, it’s better for your health and the air quality in your home.

  1. Fix Those Leaky Taps
    Areas that don’t get a lot of foot traffic, like your basement or utility room, might have leaky taps that are ignored. Even minor leaks can be detrimental to your interior air quality, though. The damp environment created by those leaks creates the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Both of these organisms release spores into the atmosphere that can cause allergies and exacerbate existing breathing problems like asthma and COPD.

Depending on the severity of the leak, you may be able to do these repairs yourself. For anything you’re not sure about, it’s always a good idea to call a professional. As a bonus, repairing those leaks will reduce your home’s water usage, which is also eco-friendly.

  1. Quit Smoking or Head Outside
    Tobacco smoke is one of the most significant contributors to indoor air pollution. While it is illegal to smoke or vape indoors in public places, no such rules exist for private homes. Quitting is the best thing you can do to improve the air quality in your home, but if that isn’t an option, then taking your habit outside can help keep your interior air cleaner.

Secondhand smoke is dangerous to human health, so keeping it out of your home can help improve the health of everyone who lives there.

  1. Limit Products With VOCs
    Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) appear in many products you might use every day, from your aerosol hair spray to the cleaning products beneath your sink. To make your home a little bit more eco-friendly while improving interior air quality, limit the number of VOCs in your home. With so many eco-conscious consumers making educated decisions about the products they buy, it’s easier than ever to find green cleaning and beauty products.

Do a quick search for low-VOC products, and you’ll be surprised at how many options are available for you to choose from. They may cost you a few dollars more than the chemical-based alternatives, but when it comes to eco-friendly options that are also wallet-friendly, you can’t do much better than this.

Conclusion
You don’t have to empty your wallet to improve the quality of the air in your home or business. It can be as simple as adding some greenery to each room or swapping out your bleach and ammonia cleaners for green alternatives.

https://blueandgreentomorrow.com/environment/7-eco-friendly-solutions-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/

7 Eco-Friendly Solutions for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is much more important than most people believe. The average American spends 87 percent of their life indoors, according to the EPA. If we’re not outside getting fresh air, then it’s essential to do everything we can to improve the quality of the air inside our homes and offices. Here are seven eco-friendly ways to do that without emptying your wallet in the process.

1. Go Green — Literally

Going green, in this case, doesn’t refer to using eco-friendly products or separating your recyclables. When it comes to improving air quality, the concept of going green is a little more literal. Adding plants to your home can help improve interior air quality naturally, at the cost of a bit of water a few times a week. According to NASA, some plants are better than others for this task. To find the best plants for cleaning the air in space, the agency compiled a list of common houseplants that can be used to remove everything from benzene and ammonia to formaldehyde from the air around them.

Most of these plants, from snake plants to English ivy, can be picked up at your local nursery for a few dollars each. Plus, research has shown that keeping houseplants can improve your mental health, so it’s a win-win.

2. Leave Your Shoes Outside

How many of you reading this wear your shoes all the time, even if you’re in the house? If this sounds like you, you’re not alone, but you may also be contributing to the poor air quality within your home. When you wear your shoes indoors, you’re tracking in everything you’ve stepped in during the day, from dust and pollen to dangerous chemicals. These molecules are cast into the air every time you take a step.

Start by leaving your shoes on the porch or just inside your front door. If you need to have something on your feet, keep a pair of slippers or house shoes that you can wear while you’re indoors. This little change can improve the quality of the air in your home without costing you a dime.

3. Call a Professional

If you’re trying to save money, it might be tempting to try to repair your home’s HVAC system on your own. This kind of DIY is only a good idea if you’re an HVAC professional. Otherwise, you may find yourself in over your head with the system’s high voltage power and dangerous refrigerants. One improperly tightened seal could leak coolant into your home, severely compromising your interior air quality and putting both yourself and your family at risk. Releasing refrigerant into the atmosphere is also dangerous for the environment.

Calling a professional, licensed technician might be expensive, but when it comes to your home’s HVAC system, it is the most eco-friendly option available.

4. Eat Organic

Adding organic fruits and vegetables to your diet isn’t just a great way to avoid ingesting pesticides or other dangerous chemicals — it can also help to protect the air quality of your home. The compounds that preserve traditionally farmed produce can permeate the air around them, especially if you leave some of your fruits or vegetables in bowls or on the counter rather than in the fridge.

Going organic might be a little bit more expensive than buying regular grocery store fruits and vegetables, but in the long run, it’s better for your health and the air quality in your home.

5. Fix Those Leaky Taps

Areas that don’t get a lot of foot traffic, like your basement or utility room, might have leaky taps that are ignored. Even minor leaks can be detrimental to your interior air quality, though. The damp environment created by those leaks creates the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Both of these organisms release spores into the atmosphere that can cause allergies and exacerbate existing breathing problems like asthma and COPD.

Depending on the severity of the leak, you may be able to do these repairs yourself. For anything you’re not sure about, it’s always a good idea to call a professional. As a bonus, repairing those leaks will reduce your home’s water usage, which is also eco-friendly.

6. Quit Smoking or Head Outside

Tobacco smoke is one of the most significant contributors to indoor air pollution. While it is illegal to smoke or vape indoors in public places, no such rules exist for private homes. Quitting is the best thing you can do to improve the air quality in your home, but if that isn’t an option, then taking your habit outside can help keep your interior air cleaner.

Secondhand smoke is dangerous to human health, so keeping it out of your home can help improve the health of everyone who lives there.

7. Limit Products With VOCs

Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) appear in many products you might use every day, from your aerosol hair spray to the cleaning products beneath your sink. To make your home a little bit more eco-friendly while improving interior air quality, limit the number of VOCs in your home. With so many eco-conscious consumers making educated decisions about the products they buy, it’s easier than ever to find green cleaning and beauty products.

Do a quick search for low-VOC products, and you’ll be surprised at how many options are available for you to choose from. They may cost you a few dollars more than the chemical-based alternatives, but when it comes to eco-friendly options that are also wallet-friendly, you can’t do much better than this.

Conclusion

You don’t have to empty your wallet to improve the quality of the air in your home or business. It can be as simple as adding some greenery to each room or swapping out your bleach and ammonia cleaners for green alternatives.

Article Source:
https://blueandgreentomorrow.com/environment/7-eco-friendly-solutions-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/

Candida auris: What to know about the deadly superbug fungus posing a “serious global health threat”

Health officials are warning of “a serious global health threat” from a drug-resistant superbug fungus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the fungus, Candida auris, has already sickened hundreds of people in the United States.

Candida auris, which preys on people with weakened immune systems, was first identified in 2009 and first seen in this country in 2013. Since then, it has caused at least 587 illnesses in the U.S. More than 300 of those cases were reported in New York state. Illinois had 144 confirmed cases, primarily in the Chicago area, and New Jersey had 104. 

“This is definitely an alarming development in the global emerging threat of superbugs,” Dr. Neeta Ogden, an internal medicine specialist, told CBS News.

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“It’s resistant to multiple anti-fungal drugs that we have, and it’s also resistant to all the things that we use to eradicate bacteria and fungal strains in the hospital.” 

CBS New York reports an elderly man died from the fungus last year at Mount Sinai Hospital following abdominal surgery. The fungus has caused illnesses globally with reports in more than 20 countries.

What kind of infections does Candida auris cause?

Candida auris can cause different types of infections, including bloodstream infection, wound infection, and ear infection.

The fungus has also been detected in respiratory and urine samples, but the CDC says it’s unclear if it causes lung or bladder infections.

Who is at risk of illness from Candida auris?

Candida auris infections have been reported in health care settings throughout the world, including hospitals and long-term care facilities like nursing homes. People who recently had surgery, live in nursing homes, or who have breathing tubes, feeding tubes or central venous catheters appear to be at highest risk.

“This strain is preying on people with weakened immune systems,” Ogden said. “So who is that? Long-term health care facility residents who have catheters, in-dwelling catheters or IV lines. People in hospitals, IUCs. Newborns. And also people who take immunosuppressant drugs for medical illnesses, or have diabetes. So those are the people who really are at risk.” 

The germ has been found in patients of all ages, from preterm infants to older adults.

How is Candida auris spread?

Candida strains “live in our gut microbiome,” Ogden explained. The drug-resistant strain Candida auris has taken hold in some health care settings, spreading person to person or through contact with contaminated surfaces or equipment. Healthy people with strong immune systems may carry the germ without actually getting sick from it.

Ogden said health officials are worried about what could come next. 

“The greater concern is that if we don’t curb this rise of superbugs, where is this headed? It’s headed towards normal, healthy people with no health problems becoming vulnerable to these types of fungal strains, and not having anything in our defenses of antimicrobials and antifungals to fight them,” she said.

How are Candida auris infections diagnosed?

According to the CDC, symptoms of Candida auris may be difficult to detect because patients are often already sick. Only a lab test can identify the superbug.

Infections are usually diagnosed by culture of blood or other body fluids.

Are Candida auris infections treatable?

While most Candida auris infections are treatable with antifungal medications, health officials say they’re concerned that some have proven to be resistant to all three main classes of antifungal medications. 

“In this situation, multiple antifungal medications at high doses may be needed to treat the infection,” the CDC said.

“It’s an enormous problem,” Matthew Fisher, a professor of fungal epidemiology at Imperial College London, told The New York Times. “We depend on being able to treat those patients with antifungals.” Fisher co-authored a recent scientific review documenting the rise of drug-resistant fungi.

How often do the infections turn deadly?

Since Candida auris infections generally occur in people who are already sick with serious medical conditions, it can be difficult to determine cause of death.

“Based on information from a limited number of patients, 30–60% of people with C. auris infections have died,” the CDC says. “However, many of these people had other serious illnesses that also increased their risk of death.”

Article Source:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/candida-auris-the-deadly-superbug-fungus-posing-a-serious-global-health-threat/

Overuse of Sprinkler System May Cause Mold Growth

Some good ways to irrigate your lawn are having a sprinkler connected to a water hose or system of multiple water pipelines which can be automatically controlled. This latter is the traditional way and seems to be a more convenient and no hassle system.  More homeowners rely on this water irrigation system thinking it works well with the trees, shrubs, and ornamentals in the garden, lawn, or yard. However, the overuse of sprinklers make it susceptible to different problems such as insects, weeds, moisture, fungi, and mold.

Effects of mold in your home due to overuse of water sprinklers:

  1. Overuse water sprinkler creates a spawning pool

No matter how small the pool of water left undistributed in your lawn is, count only a few days and this can produce and increase mold. This can also result in bigger problems for it can be a breeding ground of insects that may bring illness and diseases.

  • Surfaces in the yard may become wet and slippery

Mold and other organisms can thrive in damp conditions which lets them grow and become slippery.  The risk of the accident is significant.

  • Dead plants

Can’t find the reason why your plants are getting sick and dying?  Check your yard.  If its surface is covered by mold it can block the nourishment that your plants are supposed to receive.

  • Unattractive lawn surface for your family and pets

Imagine having your yard soaked from water and mold visibly present. It looks very unattractive and can also result in a danger for your family and pets, as it can remain on carpets and floors once these dirt and molds are carried in by paws and shoes.

  • Mold growth may come inside your home

If your outside walls continue getting wet from a water sprinkler system, the inside walls and materials may get wet too. This can cause unpleasant smells and water stains inside your home. When this is not treated and properly dried, mold and other bacteria can easily grow.

How to avoid getting mold:

  • Properly maintain your water sprinkler system
  • Wet materials need to be dried quickly
  • Keep mold off your plants
  • Make sure sprinklers are not directly on your home
  • Prevent moisture with proper ventilation
  • Detox your home by using humidifiers

Water sprinkler systems provide us a wonderful convenience with our busy daily lives. They let us have the power to irrigate our lawn with just a spin of the faucet or turn of a switch. However, overuse of sprinklers can result in bigger problems if not managed properly, mold problems can quickly occur and may cause serious respiratory health issues for your family. If you have a mold problem brewing around your home, contact FunGuy Inspections.

www.funguyinspections.com    818-674-7541 or 800-674-7541