FAQ

The following are frequently asked questions about mold, mold inspections, mold testing and mold remediation we hear all the time. The answers posted here will give you a better idea of the nature of mold and things to consider when trying to prevent or eliminate mold from your home or business. Mold can be very dangerous in many cases and it is important to consult a professional when you are trying to decide remove mold from a house or business. Please see the questions below and don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your specific mold problem or if you need help.

Are you trying to understand what black mold looks like or some known basement mold causes?
These frequently asked questions can help you get a better idea of the nature of mold and what to keep in mind when trying to prevent or eliminate mold from your home or business. In many cases mold can be very dangerous and it is important to consult a professional when you are trying to figure out how to get mold out of a house or business. Please see the below questions or if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us for help.

Can mold cause health problems?
Symptoms of mold sickness
Mold has the potential to cause symptoms of exposure to mold and even make a home uninhabitable. However, everyone is affected differently when in contact with mold. The mold that may not bother the seller may severely affect the buyer. Some mold can produce allergens. Irritants and in some cases, potentially toxic chemical substances known as mycotoxins. People who are sensitive to and exposed to mycotoxins can become ill.

Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. People diagnosed with allergies and asthma may be very sensitive to mold. Mold can cause asthma attacks. Others at risk may include; infants, children, the elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women and individuals with existing respiratory conditions.

With exposure even in small amounts mold may cause: sinus infections, asthma, skin rash, chronic fatigue, respiratory problems, headaches & nose & throat irritation.

How to get rid of mold in basement? Basement Mold Causes?
When moisture problems or water damage occur mold can grow within 24 – 48 hours. Since molds can digest most things, water is the factor that limits mold growth. Molds will often grow in damp or wet areas indoors.

What does mold look like? What does black mold look like?
Mold can look white, gray, black, brown, yellow or greenish. Mold colonies may appear cottony, velvety, granular, leathery and glassy.

What can I do to protect against mold? How do you remove mold from walls?
It is impossible to completely eliminate all mold spores indoors. Mold will always be found floating in the air and in house dust. Indoor mold growth can be prevented by controlling water and moisture in indoors.

The following may prevent or reduce indoor mold growth:

  • Repair all water leaks & moisture problem areas.
  • Provide good air circulation.
  • All HVAC systems should have a good electrostatic filter on the return.
  • Insulate and ventilate attic & crawl space areas.
  • Clean, Dry or remove items that are damaged by water immediately.

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How do I know I have Mold?
Mold can be found in several places in the home environment. It appears most often in moist or wet areas. A musty odor may also be present. Mold begins to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet or damp. Mold will not grow without water or moisture. Therefore, it is important to dry out wet or moist areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Some examples of places where mold can be found inside the home include:

  • Basements, kitchens (bottom of fridge), around bathroom vanities, washer/dryer area.
  • The underside of carpets and pads.
  • Surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms).
  • Ceilings and the top side of ceiling tiles.

Should I have my home Inspected?
Due to the growing concerns of mold in the home and the affects on health, Mold inspections are becoming a common practice. You should not buy a home or live in a home with mold. A mold inspection is your first line of defense!

What is involved in a mold inspection?
A general mold inspection begins with a visual inspection of a home to determine if you have mold or the potential for mold growth in the future.

Mold inspections can include the following:

  • Evaluate existing mold in the home.
  • Investigate environmental conditions causing mold to grow.
  • Identify moisture intrusion for mold.
  • Identify problem areas of possible mold intrusion/contamination.
  • Provide digital photos of problem areas.
  • Provide report to include the following; areas inspected, findings, lab results, potential and problem areas, assessment of existing mold, general recommendations and preventative maintenance.

How will the inspection determine the environmental condition of the home or building?
Through the course of the inspection the Inspector will offer their observations of suspected problem areas or potential problem areas which may suggest that further laboratory analysis is needed. This may range from sampling the air to surface sampling the suspected fungi. If samples are taken they are sent to a microbiology lab for analysis. Depending on the sample taken, normal turn around times are from 48 – 72 hours.

What is mold?
The term mold is the non-technical name that refers to any growing fungus. This includes fungi such as mushrooms and yeasts. When present in clothing, it is often times referred to as mildew.

What does mold need to grow?
Mold requires moisture or water and a substrate or surface to grow on. High humidity, typically more then 60% may also provide an ample source of moisture for mold growth. Substrates such as wood, wallboard, ceiling tiles, carpet, wallpaper, paneling and leather items are favorite breeding grounds. Basically any cellulose or porous material will do.