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The Mold Girl offers environmental home inspection in Charleston, SC, or surrounding areas. This is not to be confused with a typical home inspection you would get in a real estate transaction. This is a specialized home inspection where we look for moisture problems, mold growth, can test for VOC, and other environmental issues. Often overlooked by a typical home inspector in Charleston, SC.
Perhaps you are selling or considering purchasing a home. Perhaps you are bringing a baby, ill, or elderly person into the living space. A specialized home inspection for such hazards as asbestos, VOCs, mold or fungal growth, or formaldehyde, can give you a picture of the air quality in your home. Call The Mold Girl Today!
5 REASONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HOME INSPECTION
Relative humidity levels of 60% and higher can provide ideal growing conditions for mold. This is because mold, as a living organism, needs water to survive, and the levels of moisture in the air and resulting condensation provide that nutrient.
Leaks from pipes – even tiny pinhole leaks – will create the moisture needed for mold to grow. And as a large number of leaks occur behind walls, the leaks often go unnoticed, giving the mold an even greater chance to take a toe-hold on the surfaces of your home!
Poor ventilation means trapped air. Buildings need proper air circulation to remain healthy. Trapped air that does not allow for evaporation is a leading cause of the moisture build-up that can lead to mold.
WET CRAWL SPACES
Crawl spaces – especially those that are not conditioned with dehumidifiers and sump pumps – can fall victim to mold growth given wet conditions. Water intrusion may occur from the outside due to weather-related events. Leaks from pipes or mechanical equipment can create standing water. Even condensation from fluctuating warm and cold air can form on crawl space surfaces. And where there is a wet crawl space, there can be mold growth in as little as 24 to 48 hours!
Your HVAC system works with both warm and cold air is thus is very susceptible to condensation. The condensation pan, as well as the coils and pipes in the system, can fall prey to excess moisture. The excess moisture creates the perfect environment for the development of mold growth. This can have a negative effect on the air in your home as air circulates from your HVAC.