A mold specialist will visit the site to evaluate the mold or moisture condition, and help determine the extent of the problem. The following services are available:
Infra-Red Analysis – An infra-red camera analysis of affected areas is included with the mold inspection. This will help detect temperature differentials that may indicate the presence of moisture and mold.
Mold Air Sample Testing – This service can also be added to test for abnormal levels of airborne mold spores.
Note: Mold Air Sample Testing is done in an attempt to identify elevated spore counts that may indicate a mold issue in the home. However, the lack of elevated mold spore counts does not mean that mold is not present in the home. Mold may be in hidden locations or behind walls, producing spore levels that are not elevated enough to be detected by our air sample equipment.
Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
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Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
If mold is a problem in your home, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials that are moldy, such as ceiling tiles, may need to be replaced.
Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
Do not install carpeting in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem.
Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.