12 Apr Importance of Mold Inspections – Mold Remediation
People often question why do they need to do mold testing on their home? Most fail to realize the health issues that come with mold. Mold spores are nearly always present inside and outside your home. The problem arises when these spores begin to multiply. Once the mold has found a sustainable food source inside your home (i.e. drywall or wood), the colony will put out increasingly more spores into the air. Since it is enclosed in the walls of your home, these spores will exponentially populate your air and cause negative health issues.
Unfortunately, the hot, humid weather that makes Florida such a dream location also makes it a prime breeding ground for mold. Add extra moisture to the mix, such as rain from one of our many thunderstorms and the amount of mold increases.
If you plan to sell your property one of your primary concerns is getting the most value out of your home. Mold is an issue that many buyers are concerned about. Regular mold inspection is an almost mandatory procedure here to ensure these dangerous molds are not growing in your home and with the proper mold inspection, it could be the difference in selling your property.
Choosing your Mold Inspector
When testing for mold you should use an industrial hygienist or mold home inspector with experience and the proper credentials rather than a remediation company. A conflict of interest can occur when using the same company to both test and remove the mold.
In respect to new guidelines in Florida to protect consumers, many mold remediation contractors will not take on a remediation project without an independent mold assessment and protocol. The state of Florida, which a few years back implemented licensure for mold assessors and remediators, felt so strongly about the need for both services that it prohibits one company from filling both roles on the same project.
Mold Inspection Process
The first step in a mold inspection should be an IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) or MAS (Mold Air Sampling) test to determine what irritants or possible mold spores are present in the home.
During your mold inspection, the inspector will look for signs of mold, past mold growths that could become active again, or areas with signs of moisture that could lead to future mold problems.
Any samples collected during the testing and inspections will be sent to a certified lab for analysis and identification of the exact nature of the problems found. If the results come back positive for mold, a mold remediation program will be required to take care of the issue as quickly as possible.
Mold inspections must follow strict requirements to get an accurate reading of the air quality inside your home. Be sure you hire an inspector that is certified in mold inspection.
To properly eradicate a mold colony from inside your home, the removal process must be as thorough as possible. The mold remediation process will also depend on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears.
During a mold remediation, the affected area will be closed off from the rest of the house to prevent the spores from spreading. The cleanup crew will wear hazmat suits and other protective gear to protect themselves from inhaling the mold and precautions will be taken to prevent the mold from escaping the barriers and taking hold somewhere else.
Professionals will use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. This spray will kill the spores. Then, they paint over the affected area with an encapsulant to seal the mold spores from the surrounding air. This process typically takes two or more days, depending on how much of the area has been contaminated. If necessary, carpet, drywall, wood paneling, and other features of your home may need to be replaced.
How to Prevent Mold in your Home
Mold remediation is costly and inconvenient, so the best method is to prevent the mold from growing in the first place. The key is reducing moisture inside your home. Mold develops in areas where moisture is present for an extended time. If your home remains dry, the mold will not be able to grow.
Fix any plumbing issues as soon as possible and dry the water-damaged area and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Ensure windows and doors, are sealed properly to keep condensation and water from entering your home during storms.
If your HVAC system allows you to adjust your indoor humidity, set it as low as possible to prevent your air from being mold-friendly.
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