Despite popular opinion, molds are a natural and even beneficial part of our environment.
In fact, certain molds can be downright enjoyable in the right context (penicillin and blue cheese, for example). Some lumber molds like Ceratocystis and Ophiostoma are common in houses and present no danger to the structure or its occupants.
But there are many more molds that can cause severe damage to your home and have serious adverse effects on your health. Prime examples of these dangerous molds are Stachybotrys (commonly referred to as “black mold”), which has been associated with everything from headaches to cancer; and Aspergillus, which can cause severe infections in the lungs and other parts of the body.
Florida: Paradise For People…and 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 the negative health issues mentioned earlier.
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—like rain from one of our many thunderstorms—and you have a mold breeding ground.
Regular mold inspection is an almost mandatory procedure here to ensure these dangerous molds are not growing in your home.
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, we will also perform a physical inspection of the home to 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.
Next, 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, we will develop an appropriate remediation program to take care of the issue as soon as possible.
Mold inspections must follow strict requirements to get an accurate reading of the air quality inside your home. Don’t trust this process to just anybody. Always make 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.
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.
First, they will spray the mold with a biocide to kill the spores, then 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 by the colony.
If necessary, drywall, wood paneling, and other features of your home will 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 here 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. It’s also important to ensure entry points to the outdoors, such as 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 below 50% or as low as possible to prevent your air from being mold-friendly.
EDC Home Inspections located in Oviedo, FL, can help keep your home mold-free.
We are Certified Master Inspectors as well as InterNACHI Certified Mold Inspectors, which enables us to effectively inspect a home for moisture control effectiveness.
If your home has an earthy smell; you have been experiencing persistent headaches, colds, or sinus problems; or you have had a water intrusion; you need a mold inspection. We can put your mind at ease and help you return your home to being the haven it was meant to be.
Give us a call today at 407-417-2999 to schedule your mold inspection.