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 Why is Mold Growing in my Home?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.

Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. Molds can rot wood, damage drywall, and eventually cause structural damage to buildings

There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation.
Molds can rot wood, damage drywall, and eventually cause structural damage to buildings.
Mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present.

When should you have an inspector do mold testing in your home?

  • Mold Testing should be done if you want to determine if mold is growing in you home.

  • Mold Testing should be done after any flooding or water damage event.

  • Mold testing in the laboratory.Mold Testing should be done whenever you find a leak that has been present for more than 24 hours.

  • Mold Testing should be done whenever you smell a moldy odor.

  • Mold Testing should be done if residents of your home experience a long-term medical condition without a known cause.

  • Mold Testing should be done if unusual stains appear on furniture or building material.

  • Mold Testing should be done if you suspect mold but do not see any visible mold growth

One of the latest tools Mold Inspectors can use to detect mold in places that cannot be seen easily is the BCAM® infrared camera. (Flash Video)

This kind of equipment and technology offers the mold inspector a non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the conditions of buildings - providing immediate high-resolution thermal imagery, revealing potential structural and moisture issues, energy efficiency and even rodent or pest discovery.

The BCAM® infrared camera features an automatic color alarm alerts yout to moisture-laden areas during building scans which can detect potential areas of mold growth, as well as verify when structures are moisture-free during the drying out process.

With the BCAM the Mold Inspector can inspect places that can't be physically reached with moisture meters. The BCAM reveals wet conditions behind surfaces such as: enameled walls and wallpaper that don't readily water stain, track leaks to their source, monitor the drying process, and confirm when a structure is dry.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals(such as carbon monoxide,radon}, allergens, or any mass or energy stressor that can induce health effects.

Often it is perceived that outdoor air is polluted, but indoor air is acceptable. Scientific studies illustrate the falsity of this perception, and, in fact, indoor air is often a greater health hazard than the corresponding outdoor setting.

Techniques the inspector uses for analyzing IAQ include: testing of air samples, collection of samples from building surfaces. The testing samples are analyzed for mold, bacteria, chemicals or other stressors, depending on the test type. These investigations can lead to an understanding of the sources of the contaminants and ultimately to strategies for removal of the unwanted elements from the air.

So you have a mold problem, now what do you do about the
mold removal and the mold remediation?

According to the EPA, if the mold covers an area of less than ten feet (a patch of about three feet by three feet), then you can probably clean it yourself.
If the area of mold is larger than a 10 foot radius, you should probably consult a professional.

The EPA also suggests that if your mold is toxic mold, regardless of the size of the problem, you should again seek the services of a certified mold removal professional.

A variety of mold remediation methods that are available to remediate damage to buildings and furnishings caused by moisture-control problems and mold. The mold remediation procedures selected depend on the size of the moldy area and the type of contaminated materials. Budget may also be a concern.

It is impossible to remove all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.

If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the area, remove the mold and fix the water problem.

If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on.
You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

Can Mold Cause Health Problems?

In general, mold spores cause an allergic reaction when they are inhaled from the environment.

Molds can be broken down into indoor and outdoor molds.
Both will thrive in moist, dark environments and are typically more prevalent in the summer months secondary to the increased humidity but are present year-round.

The outdoor molds, surprisingly, reach their peak levels in the evening when the temperature decreases.
Often, people will cut and water the lawn in the evening, which will dramatically increase the circulating mold spores in the air.

It is advisable to wear a mask when working around any grass, leaves or trees. Again, the mold spore count tends to increase in the evening hours, so it would be best to avoid yard work during these times.

Rain will also cause the release of mold spores, which is in contrast to pollen, which will decrease with rain exposure.

The indoor molds are present year-round, and will be found anywhere moisture collects.

Common places include under sinks, drains, drip pans beneath refrigerators and freezers, condensers of air conditioners, old books or newspapers, and shower curtains.

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