Mold is a type of fungus that is found in our natural environment. Mold spores can be found virtually everywhere, including in homes. These spores can grow on building materials and furnishings if conditions are correct. Excess moisture is the most important factor in any indoor mold problem. Whenever mold growth is found to be present in a home, it should not be ignored. Eventually, the moisture and mold will damage what it is growing on, including both building materials and personal belongings. The key to preventing mold growth is to prevent moisture problems.
The health effects from exposure to mold can vary greatly depending on the person and the amount of mold in their home. The typical symptoms that may occur from unhealthy levels of mold include coughing, wheezing, nasal and throat conditions. People with asthma or allergies who are sensitive to mold may notice their asthma or allergy symptoms worsen. Individuals with severely weakened immune system who are exposed to moldy environments are at risk of developing serious fungal respiratory infections. SPY recommends that people consult a medical professional if they are concerned about the effects of a moldy environment on their health. There is wide variability in how people are affected by mold exposures. However, the long term presence of indoor mold growth may eventually become unhealthy for anyone.
The following types of people may be affected more severely and sooner than others:
• infants and children
• elderly people
• individuals with respiratory conditions or sensitivities such as allergies or asthma
• persons having severely weakened immune systems (for example, people with HIV infection, chemotherapy patients, organ transplant recipients)
Lakeside Inspections can perform a mold and moisture survey of the home to determine if visible mold growth or moisture concerns that could allow for mold growth are present. We use the findings of the visual inspection to develop a testing strategy to type and enumerate the mold conditions in the home. We then collect air and/or swab samples, which are sent to an independent accredited lab where the samples will be analyzed. These laboratory results and the visual inspection findings are then presented in a detailed report that will identify the type of mold, its toxicity and quantity in the home. The detailed report will also include recommendations for cleaning or effectively removing the mold conditions found to be present.
Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
• Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
• Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
• Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
• Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
• Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
• Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent
Mold Inspection Procedures
A basic mold inspection consists of a visual examination of the structure’s environmental condition, an evaluation of existing mold damage in the home or building and an investigation of conditions that may be causing mold to grow.
We identify moisture intrusion areas and can inspect areas not visible (inside walls, ceilings, etc.) for hidden mold that may exist. Thermal imaging is one method we use to identify these areas:
Clear answers are provided regarding the type of mold, whether toxic or not. Lakeside Inspections gives written recommendations based on a thorough inspection and extensive evaluation of your specific situation. Air samples include exposure levels by determining the genus of mold and the concentration of spores per cubic meter.
Detailed reports will assist your healthcare professional in identifying medical problems that could be related to mold. The reports may also be very valuable in litigation, should that be necessary.
The mold inspection can help provide valuable information about any investment you are considering and will help you make an informed pre-purchase decision. It is better to find the mold “sooner than later” in order to obtain the information needed to help protect against costly repairs that can escalate when nothing is done.
Lakeside inspectors are trained, certified and licensed to perform a professional mold inspection that meets the highest standards of practice that have been established by Texas Department of State Health Services.
We recommend that you be present at the time of the inspection. Lakeside inspectors will educate the home or building owner or potential buyer of the property’s condition and let you also observe any areas where mold is discovered.
During the course of the inspection, the inspector will explain the condition of the property. After the inspection is performed, collected samples will promptly be sent to a state licensed microbiology laboratory for analysis. Normal turn around time for lab results is 3 business days.