Certified Mold Inspection
Mold Inspection can save you money from eliminating or reduing damge from mold. Mold can cause serious damage to your property and you may not even know it is happening. A certified mold inspector knows mold creates the most common indoor air quality complaint-from the smell of “mildew”.
Mold resting by a Certified Inspector may be warranted if you are experiencing any of the following:
■Is there musty smell in your building?
■Are there any visible signs of water damage?
■Has there ever been a leak in the roof or basement?
■Have there been plumbing leaks?
■Have you had a sink or sewer overflow?
Black Mold is one of the types of mold that is very toxic. This toxic mold fungus requires mold remediation.The most dangerous indoor molds are Alternaria, Aspergillus, Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Mucor, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys. Mold sampling and mold lab analysis are required to identify specific mold species.
Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure
The following are a list of some of the Mold Exposure Symptoms. You may have a mold issue if any of the residents of the building or home are experiencing adverse health effects such as:
■Flu Like Symptoms
■Irritation of the eyes
In addition to discovering the type and extent of a mold problem, a professional mold inspector will look for the source of your moisture intrusion. Moisture problems need to be identified and corrected as soon as possible because mold can start to grow within 24 to 48 hours after an intrusion. Since there are no guidelines or standards in the mold inspection and/or remediation industry, it is very important that you hire a mold professional to identify and correct any mold problems.
It is impossible to get rid of all mold spores indoors. Some mold spores will always be present in house dust and floating in the air.
Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.The mold spores will not grow into mold colonies if there is insufficient moisture.If organic materials are wet for more than 24 hours mold will result.
The longer that mold grows, the more mold damage to the building.Mold grows by eating and destroying organic building materials and other cellulose-based materials such as carpeting, upholstery, and clothing.
Cellulose is the main substance in the cell walls of plants (and thus of wood), and it is used in the manufacture of many organic building materials such as drywall, plasterboard, plywood substitutes, and ceiling tiles.
Mold can grow hidden and undetected inside wall and ceiling cavities; beneath wallpaper, paneling, and carpeting; and inside heating and cooling equipment and ducts, attics, crawl spaces, and basements.
Mold growth is often the result of a structural or construction defect, or of maintenance neglect, that allows moisture to enter the building, making a toxic mold building or toxic mold house.
Frequent of Mold and where it grows best:
- · Basement flooding and water intrusion, or Closeness to a lake, river, or ocean
- · Clothes dryer exhausting into walls/attic
- · Condensation water problems
- · Construction defects/poor workmanship
- · Crawl space dirt and humidity
- · Dryer venting into walls or attic
- · Exhaust fans venting into walls or attic
- · Firewood indoors
- · Flooding
- · Lot grading downward to home
- · High indoor humidity [50 to 60% plus]
- · Humidifiers & vaporizers
- · Inadequate ventilation
- · Indoor plants
- · Overflow from tubs/showers/sinks/toilets
- · Landscaping like mulch & plant glut
- · Leaky roof
- · Venting lacking in kitchen/bathrooms
- · Sewage pipe leaks
- · Siding water leaks
- · Water supply pipe leaks