Mold Testing & Mold Remediation
Yes mold spores are everywhere, so wherever you are right now there is mold in the room. You are breathing in a background level of Mold. (We are assuming you don't see any mold). Now let's move into a room where mold is visible, meaning you see staining, you might even smell a musty odor. (Musty is mold off gassing because it is actively growing). You see the staining on the wallpaper and you pull it off the wall and you see the following:
What did you learn? That mold is everywhere but it is invisible, but when you actually see mold you don't just have mold you have a lot of mold. In short if you see mold you need to clean it up.
Contrary to the belief of people selling their home, mold is not a selling feature. Have you ever heard 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, granite counter tops and mold in the basement? Probable not.
If you checked into a hotel and found mold, you would want another room. Visible mold indicates a problem.
Why do you have mold?
Mold growth can be found on any surface providing the right amount of moisture and oxygen is present. Mold needs moisture, so if you have mold you created or allowed a moist environment to exist. So your mold problem is really a water problem. There are molds which are specific to certain building materials including drywall, fiberboard tiles, wood, flooring materials and furniture.
The three most common areas for mold growth are crawl spaces, basements and attics. The reason being none of these areas are conditioned (heated and cooled). Unconditioned spaces allow the right temperature and moisture levels that will allow periodic mold growth. You see you don't need a burst pipe or flood to cause mold.
Crawl Space Mold
Attic mold before and after remediation
You just saw two really common areas for mold growth, mold in a crawl space and mold in an attic. Both areas probable took years to get to the point where mold was bluntly visible. Both areas required and had remediation performed.
Why is mold a concern?
The concern with mold is health related, it is known that mold growing indoors creates indoor air pollution, which can affect the health of building occupants.
Molds can produce allergens, irritants and sometimes potentially toxic substances (mold consumes organic material and as part of the digestive process you can get off tasing or byproducts that are harmful to human health.
Molds can produce allergic reactions or even asthma attacks. Molds can also irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
How do you inspect for mold?
The way you professionally inspect for mold is by calling a company like Curren Environmental, who has years of experience with mold inspections, thousands of mold remediation project completed and will provide a free initial (phone) consultation for your situation. Our project managers can test and determine the type of mold that is present and present recommendation on treatment, cause and prevention.
The photos below show air sampling inside of a ceiling, in a room and an infrared inspection of a room for mold.
Mold remediation is the removal of mold. Simple killing the mold with bleach will not take away the health risks of mold as dead mold spores can be inhaled and become an irritants to humans.
Mold remediation follows asbestos abatement guidelines, meaning procedures are followed to protect areas where mold is not present (containment), protection of the personnel doing the remediation (protective clothing and respiratory protection), removal of the mold (heap vacuuming, wiping and sometimes physical removal of the mold impacted material), fungicidal application to kill spores that could be airborne or missed during the first cleaning process, air scrubbing and lasting a protective coating to prevent future growth.
With over 20 years of experience
our crews have completed thousands of projects successfully.