Mold on the ceiling after
after mold infestation
For a long time, professional journals of the construction industry
deal with the infestation of buildings with mold fungus. Mold fungus
is natural part of the environment, and is generally harmless. If
however the concentration of mold reaches a certain level serious
health problems for human beings can be caused. The impact that
mold fungus indoors has on human health is frequently discussed.
Yet, this subject is by far underestimated in the public. Numerous
studies have shown the connection between mold contamination and
respiratory diseases or allergies.
In the past years, allergies and related diseases have increased
steadily. A lot of studies and improvements have been made, but
the trend of the number of allergy diseases doubling every 10 to
15 years is still current. In Germany alone, the number of people
with allergic diseases has risen to more than 30 million. About
30% of them was contaminated with mold fungus, closely followed
by 20% of house-dust or mite allergies.
Since we live in a time of energy conservation, we have tight fitting
windows and high thermal insulation. This increases the risk of
health-threatening pollution. The interior – be that the place of
work, an apartment, a house, or even public buildings (e.g. schools
or preschools) – therefore gains importance as a potential influential
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