Mold Testing and Inspections
Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as oxygen and adequate moisture are present. Outdoors, molds are part of the natural environment and play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.
More about Mold
When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. Mold can be almost any color. It may have a musty smell or no smell at all. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores.The spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling indoor moisture levels and eliminating leaks from plumbing, roofing, gutters and downspout extensions, grading around the house, and even ground water issues. Showers or even cooking can also add moisture to the air in your home. The amount of moisture that the air in your home can hold depends on the temperature of the air. As the temperature goes down, the air is able to hold less moisture. This is why, in cold weather, moisture condenses on cold surfaces (for example, drops of water form on the inside of a window). This moisture can encourage biological pollutants to grow. Moisture levels should be kept well below 60% humidity.
Common Places Mold Can Grow
Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, inside ductwork, inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
Active or dormant, mold releases “spores” into the air which are small enough that people can actually breathe in. Breathing in large amounts of these spores can negatively impact your health. Individual sensitivity varies tremendously from person to person, so there may be only one person in the household or workplace that may have a hypersensitivity to mold or indoor pollutants.Health issues include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, sneezing and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. Molds can also cause asthma attacks. Certain molds cause diseases usually affecting people with weakened immune systems. Others fungus can invade the body and damage tissues. It is important to pay attention to the time and place the symptoms occur. If the symptoms fade or go away when the person is away from home or work, for example, an effort should be made to identify the indoor air source that may be the possible cause.
When people discover mold growing indoors it’s important to quickly, but safely, have the problem addressed. Consider hiring an experienced professional.
Here Is How We Can Help!
Our Mold Inspections – Are you suspecting mold growth in your home or workplace due to previous flooding, someone experiencing health issues or can see visual growth that looks suspicious? We can accommodate your individual needs and recommend a package that would best suit your situation. Here are a few common scenarios.
Verifying Mold – You have found mold growth or something that looks like mold and want to verify it is indeed mold. We can take a bulk sample and have it analyzed and offer advice on how to deal with it safely.
Suspecting Mold – You are suspecting mold because of health issues, musty odours, or have had previous water damage/flooding but have not seen any growth. Our recommendation would be to perform an Indoor air quality test to verify the existence of mold even behind walls. The results will identify the types and levels of mold in the building.
Finding mold indoors is not uncommon. Every home will have mold spores in the air. They enter through open doors and windows. What we are looking for are higher levels of mold compared to the outdoors which would indicate indoor mold growth. We are also looking for mold types that are directly related to water damaged buildings and molds that can cause serious health issues.
At Final Grade Inspections, we are both Certified Indoor Air Consultants and Mold Inspectors. We can test your indoor air quality by taking samples and sending them to a professional laboratory for analysis. You will receive your detailed report in 3 business days along with our interpretation of the analysis and offer recommendations on how to proceed. Rush orders can be processed within 24 hours at an additional cost. Contact us today to book your appointment.