When you should have a mold inspection?
- When mold is visible on your ceiling, wall, floor or belongings
- After a flood, leak or sewage back-up
- If a basement or other area is damp
- If there’s a foul or musty odor
- If people or pets are experiencing allergy-like symptoms
- Before purchasing or selling any home or property
10 Facts Everyone Should Know About Mold
1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
3. If mold is a problem in your home or school you must clean up the mold and eliminate the source of moisture.
4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
5. Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60% to decrease the chance of mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and dehumidifiers; increasing ventilation and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dish washing and cleaning.
6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
7. Clean mold from hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles that are moldy may need to be replaced.
8. Prevent condensation: reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls or floors) by adding insulation.
9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., bathrooms, drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
10. Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any substance providing moisture is present.
Mold Allergy Symptoms:
How do you know if you have a cold, seasonal allergy or a mold allergy? It’s not always easy to determine, as many of the symptoms are the same. Signs of a mold allergy and symptoms of mold exposure include:
⦁ Runny or stuffy nose
⦁ Itchy eyes, nose and throat
⦁ Cough and postnasal drip
⦁ Watery eyes
Mold and Asthma
If you are allergic to mold and have asthma, your asthma symptoms may be triggered by exposure to mold spores and can sometimes be severe. In addition to the usual symptoms, you may experience acute coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. To reduce asthma attacks caused by mold have your home or office environment tested for mold to see if your indoor environment is the cause. Also, speak with your doctor about managing your condition.
IAQ Consultants of Seattle's mold inspections may include:
- Evaluation of the history of the property with regard to mold or moisture issues
- Visual inspection of all areas included in the scope of the inspection
- FLIR brand thermal imaging
- Protimeter moisture meter readings
- Borescope inspection of hidden areas
- IAQ readings of temperature, humidity and other factors
- Air, swab, tape, direct and cultured sampling
- Complete report of findings including photos and laboratory results
- Professional interpretation of the results and recommendations
- Remediation protocol plan, if needed
We only use advanced instrumentation during our mold inspections. We want to find the underlying moisture source, so we use the latest FLIR brand infrared cameras and scan your walls looking for potential hidden moisture sources.
Questionable areas are further investigated with professional moisture meters. Often we discover a hidden moisture and mold problem that needs to be further investigated prior to performing a mold test. We may use a video borescope to look inside a wall, underneath carpeting or inside duct work.
Air sampling is one tool we may use to determine if elevated airborne mold spores are present. We may also recommend inner-wall sampling, which collects air from behind drywall-based walls.