How did Mold get in my Home/Business?
Water and moisture intrusion can be caused in many ways; a leaky pipe, sink or dishwasher overflow, or heavy rain storm. If water damage goes unnoticed or gets trapped underneath hard to reach surfaces, mold can start to grow. Mold can develop in the right environment in as little as 48-72 hours. Mold can be found around windows, in the flooring, ceilings or even in the duct work of your HVAC unit. It can also damage your drywall, wood, insulation and ultimately the structure of the property.
Is Mold making me Sick?
Mold can be harmful to your health. It can cause allergic reactions, asthma, skin irritation, hypersensitivity and even advanced respiratory diseases in some cases. To prevent further harm to your well being, have your home or business’s indoor air quality tested. We will test for poor indoor ventilation, air contaminates, moisture, mold and bacteria growth as well as thermal conditions.
Of the 1.5 million species of mold in the world, there are two that are critical in our industry: Stachybotrys chartarum ("black mold") and Aspergillus. Stachybotrys chartarum is usually detected in building materials and caused from moisture or water-damage. Health problems from this type of exposure can escalate from headaches to cancer. In commercial buildings, Stachybotrys chartarum has been linked to a medical condition called the sick building syndrome. Scroll down to view images in our commercial work section where mold has been found hidden behind wallpaper.
Aspergillus can be found in air conditioning units, composting and flood damaged housing or commercial buildings. With Aspergillus, spores are present in the air we breathe. Instead of causing illness they can cause disease for people with a weakened immune system. Aspergillus infection and asthma are some health concerns found with this specie of mold. Mold is known to be particularly dangerous for seniors and infants.
Types of testing & Inspections
A moisture check will determine if materials in the property have elevated moisture levels. If they do, this can cause mold growth and compromise air quality.
This visual inspection will use two key devices in determining moisture:
a moisture meter
Infrared thermal imaging camera
MOLD ASSESSMENT & INDOOR AIR QUALITY TESTING
The focus of this report is to determine the concentration level of toxins as well as to see if the air quality has been compromised.
Samples will be sent to a scientific laboratory where findings will be analyzed to determine specie of mold and particulates that have been found in the air.
This assessment encompasses:
a visual inspection
swab and surface tests
After the remediation has been completed by the remediation firm, a mold assessment will be done to confirm the mold has been properly removed and the indoor air quality level is suitable for occupancy.
A mold protocol is a step by step report on what work needs to be done along with specifications on how to remediate the mold condition at your home or business. A remediation firm should use this information to determine the need for specfic services and procedures. This report will also be used by the remediation firm as a guideline on how to protect the unaffected area of a building from cross contamination.