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The Truth About Mold

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Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance when moisture is present. Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor and oputdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they begin growing and digesting whatever they are living on in order to survive. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed.

Everyone is exposed to some mold on a daily basis without evident harm. It is common to find mold spores in the air inside homes, and most of the airborne spores found indoormoldhome.jpgs come from outdoor sources. Mold spores primarily cause health problems when they are present in large numbers and people inhale many of them. This occurs primarily when there is active mold growth within home, office or school where people live or work. People can also be exposed to mold by touching contaminated materials and by eating contaminated foods.

       

 

 

Molds will grow and multiply whenever conditions are right-sufficient moisture is available and organic material is present. Be on the lookout in your home for common sources of indoor moisture that may lead to mold problems:

  • Flooding
  • Leaky roofs
  • Sprinkler spray hitting the house
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Overflow from sinks or sewers
  • Damp basement or crawl space
  • Steam from shower or cooking
  • Humidifiers
  • Wet clothes drying indoors or clothes dryers exhausting indoors

If indoor mold contamination is extensive, it can cause very high and persistent airborne spore exposures. Persons exposed to high spore levels can become sensitized and develop allergies to the mold or other health problems. Mold growth can damage your furnishings, such as carpets, sofas and cabinets. Clothes and shoes in damp closets can become soiled. In time, unchecked mold growth can cause serious damage to the structural elements in your home.

Molds produce health effects through inflammation, allergy, or infection. Allergic reactions (often referred to as hay fever) are most common following mold exposure. Typical symptoms that mold-exposed persons report (alone or in combination) include:

  • Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath
  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Eye irritation (burning, watery, or reddened eyes)
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Nose or throat irritation
  • Skin rashes or irritation
  • Headaches, memory problems, mood swings, nosebleeds, body aches and pains, and fevers are occasionally reported in mold cases, but their cause is not understood.

Assured Home Inspections offers homeowners and homebuyers a range of mold testing services, all of which are designed to provide an accurate and definitive answer regarding the existence and extent of any mold problem in a structure. All samples are analyzed by laboratories accredited by the U.S. Environmantal Protection Agency (EPA), New York City Department of Health, and American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Mold survey reports can be provided directly to industrial hygienists for developing mold remediation programs.

The mold inspection services offered by Assured Home Inspections are:

  • Limited sampling mold inspection–Sampling in client defined areas of the house and laboratory analysis.
  • Mold screen inspection–Visual assessment of the entire dwelling, identification of any "red flags", client directed sampling of "red flags" and laboratory analysis.
  • Mold survey inspection–Detection of micorbial problems in all readily accessible areas of the property, collection of the appropriate data to enable remediation specifications to be produced, and laboratory. Additionally, we will determine and identify the cause and recommend corrective measures for all mold sources discovered on the property.
  • Mold clearance inspection–Determine the effectiveness of remediation efforts and document the absence of microbial problems before property renovations begin.
  • Post-cleaning inspection–Determine the effectiveness of remediation efforts and whether mold problems still exist in designated areas.

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Assured Home Inspections, Inc.
2406 Fairgreen Dr
Gastonia, NC 28056
Telephone: 704-542-0468/704-689-1744
Fax: 704-943-0599
Email: noahjrbrittain@bellsouth.net