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Rubber Duckies: Carriers of Deadly Mold

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Thursday, December 03, 2015


All too often, mold is ubiquitous to bathrooms and kitchens. However, it is seldom that the root cause of the problem originates from a children's bath toy. Often in a case of black mold remediation, we seek out the source in terms of where moisture might enter a room due to structural inefficiencies such as a pipe fracture, broken roof shingles allowing moisture in and other such circumstance. In a residence where children reside, there is another culprit that may contribute to the dissemination of mold spores throughout one's bathroom, and that is our favorite yellow friend, The Rubber Duckie. Springfield Indoor Air Quality performed an independent study that aimed to examine the mold spore count in a variety of small children's bath toys and what they found was frightening. The standard count of mold spores this outfit uses in similar special confines is a baseline of 30. In just one toy selected, there was a mold spore count of 4554. On examination using microscopy, the primary mold type in this particular toy was cladosporidium.  This particular mold is one that has been evidenced to lead to sinus, skin, eye and even brain infections. In many states, cladosporidium was linked to many cases of fungal meningitis. As such, it is imperative that if you recognize any discoloration in any of your children's bathtoys to discard of them immediately.