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Mold Inspection

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What is Mold and Where Is It Found?

Mold are microscopic organisms that produce spores and are found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic material. Also susceptible to mold growth are cellulose materials, such as, cardboard, paper, ceiling tiles, and sheet rock. Mold spores are easily detached and made airborne by vacuuming, walking on a carpet or sitting on a couch. In indoor environments, mold can grow in air conditioning ducts, carpets, pots of houseplants, etc.


How Can Mold Affect Your Health?

Exposure to mold is not healthy for anyone but the following individuals are at a higher risk for adverse health effects: infants, children, elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women, and individuals with existing respiratory conditions. When inhaled, even in small amounts, mold can cause a wide range of health problems including respiratory problems (wheezing), nasal and sinus congestion, watery and red eyes, nose and throat irritation, skin irritation, aches and pains, fevers, asthma, emphysema and in some cases even death.


How Can You Be Exposed To Mold?

When moldy materials become damaged or disturbed, spores (reproductive bodies similar to seeds) can be released into the air. The following are sources of indoor moisture that may cause mold problems in your home or office: flooding, leaky roofs, humidifiers, damp basements or crawl spaces, constant plumbing leaks, house plants, steam from cooking, shower/bath steam and leaks, wet clothes, and clothes dryers vented indoors. Protection…Mold Testing Is Your First Line of Defense.


Why do we take two outdoor air samples?

Beware of any consultant or mold service that offers "do it yourself" remediation kits with biocides or chemicals.  A mold problem is a moisture problem.  If you do not fix your moisture problem, mold will return.  Mold must be removed at its source.  Beware of any consultant or mold test service that only takes one outdoor air sample.  No one spore sample is characteristic of any environment unless it includes a representative sample of the air in that environment. This is because the spores are never randomly distributed in the space. Because of the nature of the sources, distributions of spores are never random, and change dramatically in space and time. Sampling and analysis are relatively inexpensive compared to your health, and good sampling protocols will allow better interpretation of the results. Two outside control samples are one of the crucial elements of accurate indoor air quality testing.  When you have two outdoor control samples, you can get accurate results. One sample should come from the windward side of your house. The other sample should come from the leeward side of your home. By analyzing both samples, we can better understand what types of mold are entering your home through the windows and doors. We can get a better understanding of what exterior elements affect your air quality. The spore types and concentrations in our environment can swing drastically due to multiple factors that influence our environment. Mold is a living organism, and therefore it reacts to its environment. Ask for references, research the company, read reviews, and check for complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, and the Kentucky Attorney Generals Office of Consumer Protection.  An Indoor Air Consultant can help you determine what problems are causing mold in your building. Consult an independent Indoor Air Quality Consultant prior to mold remediation, especially if there are health concerns, if immune compromised individuals are present, or if the source of mold or moisture is unknown. 


Indoor Air Quality

We can also test for TVOCs (Total Volatile Organic Compounds), Formaldehyde (HCHO), and CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) levels in your home to check ventilation quality.

  

TVOCs


Health effects may include:

· Eye, nose and throat irritation

· Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea

· Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system

· Some organics can cause cancer in animals, some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.


Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include:

· Eye irritation

· Nose and throat discomfort

· Headache

· Allergic skin reaction

· Shortness of breath

· Nausea

· Vomiting

· Nose Bleeds

· Fatigue

· Dizziness



Formaldehyde


Health effects may include:

· Eye, nose and throat irritation

· Neurological effects

· Increased risk of asthma and/or allergy

· Bronchitis 

· Pulmonary Edema

· Pneumonia


Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to Formaldehyde include:

· Dry or sore throat

· Itching or burning sensations of the nose

· Nasal congestion

· Coughing

· Wheezing

· Nausea

· Headaches

· Skin Rashes

· Shortness of breath



High Carbon Dioxide Levels


Health effects may include:

· Headaches

· Dizziness

· Restlessness

· Tingling sensation

· Difficulty breathing

· Sweating

· Tiredness

· Increased heart rate

· Elevated blood pressure

· Poor concentration

· Nausea

· Emotional irritation

· Sleep disruption

· Lethargy 


Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to high Carbon Dioxide levels include:

· Headaches

· Drowsiness

· Excessive fatigue



Bringing Clean Air to Life®

IAC2 is the non-profit certifying body for home and building inspectors who have fulfilled certain educational and testing requirements, including those in the area of indoor air quality.


Please visit www.IAC2.org for more information about mold inspections. 

Standards of Practice

The purpose of the Standards of Practice is to establish a minimum and uniform standard for performing a mold inspection. The Standards set minimum requirements for describing and reporting conditions observed. The Standards define and clarify terms, procedures, scope, conditions, and limitations as they relate to a mold Inspection and Report.   

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Mold Inspection

  

Complete mold inspection is a visual examination of the entire building, its systems and components; moisture, temperature, and humidity measurements; and taking mold samples. A complete mold inspection includes a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible, visible, and installed systems and components of the building, as outlined in the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice; moisture, temperature and humidity measurements; at least three air samples (one indoor and two outdoor); and possibly one or more surface sampling at an area or areas of concern. The inspector will report moisture intrusion; musty odors; apparent mold growth; conditions conducive to mold growth; the results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samplings taken at the building; and any system or components listed in the Standards of Practice that were not visually examined, and the reasons they were not inspected.


Limited mold inspection does not include a visual examination of the entire building, but is limited to a specific area of the building identified and defined by the inspector. Prior to the inspection, the inspector and client shall agree to the limitations of the visual examination. As a result, potential sources of mold growth in other areas of the building may not be inspected. A limited mold inspection includes a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible, visible, and installed systems and components of only the specific room or area defined by the inspector; at least three air samples (one indoor and two outdoor); and possibly one or more surface sampling at an area or areas of concern. The inspector will report (for the defined area) moisture intrusion; water damage; musty odors; apparent mold growth; conditions conducive to mold growth; and the results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samplings taken at the building.


 Note: This is not a home inspection and should not be construed as a home inspection. This inspection will not contain the condition of any component even if the component or components are deteriorated, non-operational, dangerous, damaged or defective.  It is NOT intended to be, or to be construed as, a guarantee, warranty, or any form of insurance.

Mold Inspection

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