Why should you test if there are no standards or guarantee it will effect your health? Sampling is a great way to confirm the presence of mold and type. Sampling of mold can also be used to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated after. Whether it is your current home or a home you are getting prepared to purchase you want to know about any issues that could impact your health, the health of your family, pets, or even visitors. But you also want to be as informed as possible regarding the structural integrity of your home. Ignoring the presence of mold does not stop it from growing or force it to disappear. Awareness coupled with action is best for your safety and the longevity of your home!
While mold isn't always visible the first sign and main cause is moisture!
Moisture Testing- You my be walking around your potential future home looking at the fresh paint, new carpets and beautiful natural lighting from all the windows, but what's hiding underneath? Sometimes people hide signs of moisture and water stains using a fresh coat of paint without fixing the problem. With our meter we are going around looking underneath the surface for the hidden moisture. This hidden moisture can cause other problems later on such as bubbling under the paint, mold, wood rot effecting the integrity of the structure, drywall damage, or flooring damage. Leading to many costly repairs you weren't expecting.
Pictured Right are stains from untreated water penetration.
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Moisture can enter a home in many ways pictured below are just a few examples of moisture intrusion/penetration.
Using our quality equipment and in-depth training our company has the ability to test for a large range of items:
Indoor Air Quality: Mold spores, pollen, insect parts, dust mites, skin cell fragments, plant fragments, dust, fibers, combustion emissions, etc.
Home Inspection: Mold contamination before and after real estate transactions.
Flood Restoration: Evaluation of mold spore contamination before, during, and after remediation.
Stack Emissions: Fly Ash, inorganic dust, etc.
Allergy Testing: Mold Spores, pollen, insect parts, dust mites.
Clean Room Monitoring: Evaluation of low airborne dust and contaminants from personnel (skin cells,clothing fibers, cosmetics, etc.)
Fiber Analysis: Asbestos, fiberglass, cellulose, ceramics
After a flood or any type of water damage water should be cleaned within 24-48 hours to minimize damage and the opportunity for mold growth.
Pictured is mold found in the laundry room of a recent inspection.
Knowing there is mold present your first thought may be, "Can I just clean it myself?"
The answer to your questions actually depends on a variety of factors;
Currently NO EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) or other federal limits exist to set a standard for safety levels of mold in your home. This means that mold samples cannot be used to check a home or buildings compliance with federal mold standards. However, this does not mean that it should be ignored or discounted as a minor problem. Molds have the potential to cause various health problems. Molds produce allergens and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include Hey Fever-type symptoms. These symptoms may include sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Allergic reactions caused by mold are common and may be immediate or delayed. Asthma attacks can be caused by molds in people who have asthma and are allergic to mold. Mold exposure may also irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of people both allergic and not. Research on mold and its health effects are ongoing.
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. 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.
Mold is not only bad for your health it is bad for your home. Mold can eat away at the structural integrity of the home. Without properly cleaning or remediating mold it will continue to actively grow and damage the material it is living on. It may start in a small spot in a corner of your attic or behind drywall, slowly it will eat away at the material its on and move on to adjacent material as well. This could mean the structural beams, insulation, whatever is available. Just because you do not see mold does not mean it's not there, but it can be tested for with a swab or air test.