Mold Testing In Homes & Businesses
Mold can be found anywhere moisture can be found, both indoors and outdoors. If not detected early, mold can be expensive to remove and have an adverse effect on your health. Fortunately, our licensed techs in your home or business can detect any mold problems.
Most people are exposed to molds each and every day and everywhere, at home, at work, at school, indoors and outdoors. In general, molds are not harmful to healthy humans.
Inhalation is considered to be the primary way people are exposed to mold. Spores and fragments of mold can become airborne and get into the air we breathe indoors and outdoors. People may also become exposed to mold through the skin. Workers should be properly protected with safety equipment when remediating and removing the mold after a disaster.
Exposure to any form of mold can have an immediate and or long-term adverse effect on health. It releases spores into the air when mold is disturbed, which in turn is breathed into the lungs. Many people may experience only a mild allergic reaction, such as sneezing or watery eyes, but exposure to mold can cause serious and lasting lung problems for others. Mold can and does have health effects and should only be treated by a licensed professional.
When The Mold Girl’s accredited professionals receive a call to do a mold check on a house or other building, the first thing they will do is to examine the history of the construction and find out if there has ever been a flooding problem on the property. Any information on past water leaks, flooding, or other types of moisture issues on the property will provide insight into what kind of mold problems may occur on the property.
The research will be followed by a visual inspection of the property’s exterior and interior. The inspector will look for signs or conditions that can promote mold growth, such as piles of damp leaves, broken downspouts, leaking roofs, or rotting windowsills. The Mold Girl’s team will investigate any signs of past or present water intrusion that may encourage mold growth, and we will take samples for laboratory analysis of any suspected mold.
At least three samples air samples will be taken, two inside and one outside the house. All samples that have been collected will be sent to the laboratory for testing. Results are usually turned around in one business day.
Removing the mold from your home is not an easy feat, and unless it is done properly, the mold will return. Only a licensed professional should be employed to do the mold removal job to ensure that the overall mold is removed properly and that the root cause of the mold is resolved and stopped so that the mold will not return. Once the removal of the mold has been completed, another air test and a visual inspection should be performed.
For more information, contact our mold assessors to help with mold problems inside and outside your home. We are impartial mold experts, so we are not providing remediation services that could be considered a conflict of interest.
Stachybotrys chartarum is a greenish-black mold. It can develop on material with high cellulose and low nitrogen content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Growth occurs when moisture is caused by water damage, excessive humidity, water leakage, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is needed for its growth. However, it is not necessary to determine what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated in the same way with respect to potential health risks and removal.
Chaetomium is perhaps the third most popular type of mold observed in damp structures. It can be seen on all types of moisture-damaged construction materials, including furniture, drywall, window frames, crown molding, and rugs. The mold creates an enzyme called cellulose, which disintegrates the cellulose in these products, essentially killing them. Sometimes it's discovered on food, too, but it's not that common.
Memnoniella echinata is a highly cellulolytic fungus that was segregated from linen, canvas, hardboard and wool fabrics. Memnoniella echinata is genetically extremely comparable to Stachybotrys but produces chain spores. Following the molecular depiction of these organisms, it was changed its new name Stachybotrys echinata. This microbe is generally found on very damp gypsum boards. Little is known about the medical importance of M. Echinata, man. It does, however, produce many of the toxic substances released by Stachybotrys chartarum, indicating that M. Echinata also should be considered as potentially dangerous to indoor air.