Moisture and Mold in Your Home

Alpharetta , Georgia mold testing and mold inspection services—SafeAir Certified Mold Inspection serves Roswell, GA and the entire metro Atlanta area for mold testing and mold inspection services. If you are reading this article, you may already know you have a mold problem. Now it is time to call SafeAir Certified Mold Inspection to find the source of your moisture problem, report to you the extent of the contamination, and test your air for the presence of toxic mold spores.

Mold and Humidity

Mold needs humidity to grow and the presence of mold is indicative of a moisture problem in your home. All air inside your home has some moisture in it that is referred to as the humidity level. The ideal humidity level inside your home is 40% to 50%. In this range, you maintain a comfortable environment. A low humidity can result in a range of health problems, such as dry throat, dry nose, and dry skin and make you susceptible to respiratory problems and colds. Low humidity can also damage your wooden furniture. wood floors as well as other wooden items in your household. Humidifiers can be used to correct a low humidity problem.

When the humidity level in the air becomes excessive, it is indicative of a moisture problem in your home and mold growth can be the result. The ideal humidity level is 45%. One of the objectives of a mold inspection is to find the source of the moisture so it can be corrected or repaired. When the source of moisture is a leaky plumbing pipe or flood, the source of the moisture problem is obvious. Sometimes it is not as easy to identify the source of moisture. SafeAir Certified Mold Inspection uses moisture detection equipment and experience to locate moisture problems that are difficult to identify.

How Does Mold Reproduce?

Mold produces microscopic seed like spores to reproduce. Mold spores are projected up into the air from the source of the mold growth and float in the air currents. When they land in suitable environmental conditions where excessive moisture conditions are present, a new life cycle begin. Mold can reproduce spores, germinate, grow to maturity, and reproduce new spores in 5-7 days. It is mold spores in the air that are associated with the majority of the health problems associated with toxic mold. When remediating mold, the microscopic mold spores should be removed as well. This is to prevent future mold growth and prevent health problems associated with various types of mold. Therefore, it is important to find the source of the moisture and address this problem first before any cleanup begins. If the cleanup finished before the moisture problem is fixed, new mold spores will land and re-contaminate previously cleaned areas.

Identifying Toxic Mold

Identifying the extent of the contamination is not always a simple process. In certain circumstances, you may need an experienced mold inspector who has the experience and tools to detect the presence of moisture and mold. SafeAir Certified Mold Inspection has equipment that can identify hidden mold. In addition to equipment such as moisture meters, and thermal imaging cameras, air quality testing for the presence of mold spores is a useful too in mold investigations. An outdoor air quality test should always be performed as a baseline comparison to compare to an indoor air quality sample. The difference in the types of mold spores inside the home in comparison to the outside sample would be associated to mold growth inside the home. We can identify the types of mold and quantity of mold spores in the air. The higher the number of mold spores that are in the air are an indication of the amount of mold that is in your home. It can also be an indicator to where the source of mold is located. A higher mold spore count in a particular area of the home would indicate the origin of the mold contamination. Air quality testing is also useful in determining the areas of the home that need mold remediation.

You can always use your eyes to identify a contaminated area. Mold spores are smaller than a grain of pollen and can’t be seen with the naked eye, even when they number in the thousand per cubic meter of air. When allergenic mold spores present or mold spores that contain mycotoxins or in an area of a home, they need to removed in addition to the mold growth. It is these types off mold spores that are associated with most of the ill health effects of mold growth in a home. Air quality testing in this reguard is a very effective method. Mold spores can also be cultured in a lab to identify the presence of mycotoxins.

Alpharetta , GA has a mold testing and mold inspection company that can help if you have a Mold Problem in your home. Call SafeAir Certified Mold Inspection if you have had a past flood, moisture problem, or believe you may have mold inside you home.

 

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