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Fungus can be broken down into many groups. A couple of common ones are as follows: 
 
A few common types of fungus are macro fungi which are of the larger size like mushrooms, toadstools, bracts and puff balls. It's part of the Eco System. Fungi (macro or micro) is here to decompose organic material like dead trees in the forests, or leaves on the ground and various organic materials in general. Another type are the microscopic fungi like molds, mildews and rust. And unless viewed under a microscope, they must be clumped together into advanced colonies of mycelia for us to see them. Health and scientific studies have found that chemicals known as mycotoxins are emitted from the hyphae and spores of some molds, causing adverse health effects. Aqua Restoration can properly remove toxic molds and their spores from your living and working environments properly and safely the first time. The public is becoming more aware of the serious human health effects some molds can have. Molds can grow rapidly following a water loss, and one of our goals at Aqua Restoration is to remove the fungus and clean contaminated building materials in the home and working environments. Along with an Environmental Consultant or an Industrial Hygienist, Aqua Restoration can develop a remediation plan detailing the protocol, scope, time and cost of remediation. Personal belongings that can be cleaned and restored are itemized along with the method of cleaning and removed in a manner that does not cross-contaminate clean areas. Upon completion of the remediation project, clearance samples should be taken to ensure cleanliness.
 
No water damage situation is sanitary. In fact according to the second edition of the IICRC standards (S500), a clean water loss can become an unsanitary loss with microbial growth in as little as 5 days. However, more contamination is possible with water from an unsanitary source. Health and safety issues are critical and instant response is vital. Sewage restoration procedures after unsanitary situations must begin as quickly as possible. Microorganisms such as bacteria in sewage pose a very serious threat to human health. You should also assume that airborne pathogens (mVOCs) are present after a sewer back-up. With that in mind, occupants should be evacuated immediately until decontamination procedures have been completed. Immediate specialized restoration procedures must be the first plan of action. De-flooding can consist of pumping out water from rooms or basements with submersible pumps, extracting standing water from the surface yarn of wall-to-wall carpeting, or removing unsanitary water after a main line sewer system back-flow.... We would like to introduce Mold remediation services through next media and regions The only way to identify the type or variety of specie of mold is to take a sample and have it analyzed by an accredited laboratory. Unless you can guarantee not to taint or cross contaminate or even understand how to take a sample, I would recommend calling a company that specializes in that. A Certified Industrial Hygienists, Environmental Assessor or Consultant should be called in to get a foot print of the contaminated area and check the results of the indoor environment and air quality, compared to the outside air quality. :Please visit us again !
 
Absorb - 1. to suck up or drink in (a liquid). 2. to take up or receive by chemical or molecular action 3. to incorporate or assimilate (something). For instance, a sponge will absorb a substance and store it within its self, and not on the surface. Only porous and semi-porous materials can absorb a substance.
 
Adsorb - (ad sorbs) to gather (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer, as when charcoal adsorbs gases. In other words, adsorb means to store a substance on the surface of something. 
 
Conidium - A unicellular or multi-cellular fungal element specialized to detach from the mycelium and disseminate, thus serving as an asexual reproductive structure. In other words its a spore. Dormant - L. dormire, or sleep 1. sleeping 2. inactive 3. in a resting or torpid state. Mold never really dies, it just goes into a dormant state until you add water again.
 
Effloresce - (ef lo res) also referred to as efflorescence. 1. a. to change to a mealy or powdery substance upon exposure to air. b. to become incrusted or covered with crystals of salt or the like through evaporation or chemical change. It is that white powdery stuff that comes from a plaster wall or ceiling that is or has suffered water damage.
 
Effluence - (ef loo ens) 1. the process of action of flowing out. 2. something that flows out; emanation. In our case , its a term used in the water damage industry in describing a sewage spill or main-line sewer back-flow.
 
Fungus - Fungus is singular for one type of a plant-type organism such as a mold or a mildew.
 
Fungi - Fungi or funguses is plural for multiple types of fungi.
Fungicide - An antimicrobial used to kill molds and mildews. They consist of many different types but bleach is the most commonly used in the home.
 
Fungistat - An antimicrobial used to prevent mold or mildew from growing provided it hasn't already colonized. 
 
HEPA - (hee pa) HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. I believe HEPA should stand for Highly Efficient Particulate Arrester. Meaning it stops the particle by trapping it in the filter, and high efficient air is the byproduct. A filter that removes 99.97 to 99.99 percent of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns in diameter. They were invented by the Government in the nineteen fifty's to filter out nuclear active particles out of the air in nuclear power plants. 
 
Hypha - (hi fa) Hypha is singular. Hypha is a single elongated, cylindrical, rod-shape filamentous (hair-like) microscopic plant organism forming the basic fungus structure.
 
Hyphae - (hi fay) Hyphae is plural for more then one filamentous fungi unit. In other words it's more then one plant-like organism.
 
Hypoallergenic - Someone who is easily stimulated by allergy causing materials.
 
Indirect Growth - Mold growth not associated with direct water such as a broken pipe or leaky roof. In other words growth that grows with high levels of humidity.
 
Industrial Hygienist - A professional qualified by education, training and experience to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and develop controls for occupational health hazards and environmental issues. 
 
Immunocompromised - Someone who is unable to produce an adequate immune response to invasion by various pathogens, due to age, sickness, exhaustion or a regimen of drugs, any of which may render the body's immune system less than effective.
 
Mycelia - Advanced colonies of mycelia is just another way of saying a group of fungus. A large number of individual units clumped together making it visible to the naked eye.
 
Permeate - To migrate through. Water that evaporates out of porous or semi-porous materials.
 
Spore - A walled, single-to-many-celled reproductive body of an organism, capable of giving rise to a new individual either directly or indirectly. A reproductive seed-like element that detaches from fungi and is a sexual reproductive element. Also see conidium. In other words its a seed from fungus.
 
Yeasts - Yeasts are unicellular fungi. In other words molds are formed by long chains of cells, yeasts are separate microscopic plant-like organisms.