When to Get a Mold Inspection

Mold damages what it grows on…and the longer it grows, the more damage it can cause. Molds are an essential part of the natural environment.

Outdoors, they break down dead organic matter. But indoors, molds are potentially toxic, and their growth should be prevented.

Let me inspect your home for mold before expensive problems develop.

Molds are a group of microorganisms that are a part of the Kingdom fungi and reproduce by spores. (The Fungi Kingdom also includes yeasts, mushrooms, etc.).

It is estimated that there are over 100,000 mold species globally, most of which have not been classified, and at least 1,000 different species common in the United States.

Not necessarily! In fact, mold serves an essential part of our ecosystem to break down dead organic matter such as dead leaves, trees, etc. Without mold, the earth would be covered in biomass. Mold is also engineered to make certain cheeses and antibiotics like Penicillin.

Mold is a part of the natural environment. It is found outdoors and indoors in just about every environment, including your home and office. (There are notable exceptions where mold would not be found such as a sterile hospital room for organ transplants).

Yes, mold is in your home, our home and everyone else’s home. It is only when mold is found in elevated or concentrated levels that it can become a problem.

These Include:

  1. Organic food source. (Includes most building materials such as wood, drywall, insulation, etc.)
  2. Water source. (e.g. flooding, leaks, condensation, etc.)
  3. High relative humidity (Above 60% is ripe for mold growth. Keep below 50% to be safe).

Since organic food can be found just about anywhere, the easiest and most effective way to control mold growth is by eliminating any unwanted water sources.

Mold growth can occur in as little as 24-48 hours under the right conditions.

Protection For Your Family

Mold and mildew in your home can be annoying (musty smell, allergies), unsightly (blackened bathroom grout), and in some cases, even deadly (airborne mold spores).

Keeping your house free of mold requires prevention, quick action and sometimes the help of a trained professional.

Here are some suggestions for preventing and managing mold around your home:

  • Keep indoor humidity low, ideally below 50% relative humidity.
  • Monitor your humidity levels with a humidity gauge.
  • Use a dehumidifier.
  • Avoid cardboard storage boxes due to their ability to attract moisture
  • Increase ventilation for bathrooms.
  • Close air vents for your crawlspace and keep them closed.
  • Do a “smell test” for invisible mold. If it smells damp and musty, there must be mold hiding somewhere.
  • Test areas that you suspect have problems to identify and treat.
  • Contact an inspector to conduct a moisture inspection, surface testing, and air quality testing.