Are you worried about possible spots on your wall? Can you smell a musty odor in your house? Let the Mold Pro's at Paxton Inspection Services help you! We can inspect your home for not only mold, but try and find the source that is causing your musty odor and ugly stains.
The very first step in the mold inspection process is to ask you if you have any concerns about the building, e.g, has it ever had any water problems, leaks, or water damage. We like to know the history of the home or unit. Then we will perform either a full or partial non-invasive examination of the building and all of its visible systems and components, in accordance to the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice. If conditions permit, we will then take samples according to the IAC2 Mold Sampling Procedures.
If there are samples that are taken, we send them off via overnight FedEx to Pro-Laboratories, Inc. We usually get the results within 48-72 hours of them receiving the samples. Once we receive the results, Paxton Inspection Services will then create a written report that includes all the findings along with the test results. We will then send you the report for your review. We are always available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
Mold is Unhealthy
It's ugly and unhealthy for buildings and humans. For people that are allergic or have a poor immune system, even a small amount of Mold in a building can cause mild to severe breathing problems, sickness, and other health issues.
For a building, mold can cause damage to the structure. It bonds to some building materials, and then will start to eat the substrate its attached too. This will cause damage to drywall, wood, carpet padding, etc. Mold needs moisture and food to survive, and a building has plenty of food.
Types of Mold
Scientists say there is perhaps more than 300,000 different species of fungi. Here are some of the more common indoor molds that are present in our area:
- Penicillium - (pe-nə-ˈsi-lē-əm) Green, Blue in color.
Usually found growing in cellulose materials within homes and buildings (i.e., wood, paper, plants, etc.)
- Aspergillus - (as·per·gil·lus) Yellow, Green or Black in color.
Is usually found growing on damp walls, and within indoor ventilation systems
- Alternaria - (ȯl-tər-ˈnar-ē-ə) Black, Grey in color.
Is usually found growing on drywall, carpet, window frames, and textile products.
- Cladosporium - (klad-ə-ˈspōr-ē-əm) Olive Green, Grey, Brown in Color.
Usually found growing on damp building materials (i.e., gypsum board, acrylic painted walls, wood, wallpaper, carpet and mattress dust, HVAC fans, and wet insulation in mechanical cooling units)
Mold Prevention Tips
So how can you prevent or limit mold growth in your home? There are several ways every home owner, or commercial building owner can limit the spread of mold.
Here are some tips to help you:
- Clean Up Water Spills
- Anytime you spill water or liquids in your home, clean it up right away. When you get out of the shower or tub, wipe up the water off the floor and around the shower and tub.
- Fix Leaks
- Make sure anytime you spot a leak around a window, a leaky pipe or faucet as soon as you spot. You can also turn off the water and call a plumber.
- Keep the Downspout Extensions on
- The downspout extensions should a minimum of 6' to properly shed water away from the foundation.
- Keep your Gutters Clean
- By keeping your gutters clean all year round, water will not back up underneath the roof structure. This leads to rot and molding of the roof structure, which will be very costly to repair.
- Use your Exhaust Fans
- Make sure you always use your vent fan in your bathroom, during and up to 45 mins after taking a shower. This will exhaust all the humid air to the outside and reduce the high humidity levels that mold loves to grow in.
- Use a Dehumidifier
- A dehumidifier should be used in your home throughout most of the year. The humidity level should be set between 35-45%. This will help reduce the moisture in the air that creates the conditions that mold needs to grow.