Mold Inspection and Report
What is Involved in a Mold Inspection?
The initial Mold Inspection is a visual, non-intrusive inspection of the entire home, both inside and out. Mold exists everywhere, and in areas with an average climate such as our beautiful SW Florida, it is naturally more prevalent. It matters not how clean you keep the interior of your home, since mold spores are airborne by nature, and every time you open a window or door, the negative pressure differential created by doing so draw in these spores. Mold spores require two things to survive and reproduce; Organic Matter and Moisture.
If, during the initial inspection evidence of mold is detected, further investigation methods will be required. Use of a moisture meter, and in some circumstances, thermal imaging will then be necessary to correctly evaluate the extent of contamination. Once it has been determined that a “moisture problem” exists, which is exactly what a mold problem is, an indoor “and” outdoor air quality test should be performed. Other more intrusive methods such as cutting out sections of drywall may be required. At this point, if you request absolute identification of the type of mold present, lab testing of removed samples will be necessary.
We also provide disaster emergency service 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year! Services include immediate, professional clean up after a flood event, temporary boarding up of damaged openings after events such as a fire or hurricane to secure the home, and installing temporary cover (tarps) over your roof damaged after a high wind storm such as a hurricane or tornado. All formal mold inspections are performed by a licensed Mold Assessor and all mold remediation is performed by a licensed Mold Remediator. I have been a Coastal Builder and resident for almost 30 years and have extensive knowledge of how to prepare and react after catastrophic storm events here in Florida!
What is Mold?
Fungi can act as allergens, toxicants (toxic agent), irritants or infectious agents. It is believed that all forms of fungi are potential allergens to man. Some fungi species are known to produce specific metabolic products (mycotoxins) which are toxic to man and animals. Some (if not most) fungal species can produce metabolic products that are irritating to the mucus membranes (eyes and the lining of the nose and throat). Some fungal species are known to be infectious to humans and animals. The Centers for Disease Control states that it is estimated that there are between 50,000 and 250,000 species of fungi, and fewer than 200 have been described as human pathogens that can cause infections. More than 1,000 different kinds of indoor molds have been found in U.S. homes.
Mold can be found everywhere in indoor and outdoor environments. It is not a question of whether or not mold is present; it is a question of active mold growth, amplification conditions and moisture. Currently, indoor mold is probably the top Indoor Environmental Quality concern of the public. Several high profile mold lawsuits and television news broadcasts have highlighted the potential hazards and liabilities associated with indoor mold. The Insurance Information Institute reported insurers paid out more than $3 billion nationwide in 2002 for repairs and litigation related to mold.
Molds are very common in buildings and homes and will grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture. The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria.
Stachybotrys atra (also called S. chartarum) is a greenish-black, slimy mold that grows on wet materials containing cellulose. Such materials include: paper, wood, cardboard, wallboard, ceiling tiles, drywall, wallpaper, newspaper, etc. This particular mold may contain a toxic substance, mycotoxin, named Satratoxin H (a thrichothecene). There are many other black molds similar in appearance that are not Stachybotrys.
All molds are allergenic and potentially harmful, when present in large quantities. It is therefore prudent to avoid exposure to all molds and mold products.