Mold is technically classified as a type of fungus. It exists everywhere in the natural world, which means the microscopic spores they broadcast into the air, have the ability to infiltrate our indoor spaces. Mold spores need the right conditions to establish themselves and start the process of colonization.
This is typically a warm, wet environment. Though humid conditions and even simple things like condensation can be sufficient for mold spores to set up their microscopic roots. In ideal conditions, mold spores can colonize and start releasing new spores into the air in as a little as 24 to 48 hours!
Where Does Mold Develop?
Mold colonies are more likely to be found in basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, and even in kitchens with insufficient venting. However, this is not the limit of their range. In truth mold colonies can establish themselves anywhere that presents sufficient warmth and moisture. This can include other places inside a home, business, or commercial property.
This can include places such as:
Lesser used closets
Attic spaces near a minor roof leak
Near home or business’s wet wall
Inside HVAC vents
Around condensation produced by HVAC units
What Are The Risks Of An Indoor Mold Problem?
There are thousands of different types of mold that live in nature as well as indoor spaces. Certain strains like Stachybotrys chartarum, or so-called “Toxic Black Mold” can cause severe health problems. However, even the presence of mold spores from other seemingly benign strains of mold can cause increasing complications for people with respiratory allergies, chronic respiratory health conditions, asthma, and people with a compromised immune system. In time, the persistent presence of mold spores in the indoor environment can lead to chronic inflammation issues. While mold complications are more likely to affect the very young and very old first, they can potentially strike a person of any age.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that health concerns are only one part of a threat posed by an indoor mold problem. As the mold continues to develop and spread, established colonies can cause damage to structural components of the building.
This is more likely to happen in porous organic materials like wood. Yet as time goes on mold can potentially start to degrade drywall, and even infest fiberglass insulation.
Implications Of Mold In A Residential Property
As indoor mold problems have become more prevalent, regulatory agencies, state-required disclosure policies, and even some insurance companies have started requiring mold inspections for certain properties. If mold is found to be present in a property you are thinking about buying or selling it could significantly impact the value.
Liability With Mold In A Commercial Property
Commercial properties, retail spaces, and even some multi-family residential properties are subject to increased legal scrutiny, as well as liability issues. When a mold problem develops in one of these properties, it can affect the health of the people who live, work, or shop there. This can, in turn, lead to significant liability issues as well as potential insurance problems.
Hydroscience Group can perform a mold inspection test, as well as help with professional remediation. We have worked with a wide range of commercial properties to ensure that all traces of invasive mold have been removed.
Afterward, we can provide you with the documentation and any other pertinent information, which might be required by your insurance provider, the EPA, underwriters, potential lenders, and any other regulatory organizations.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Mold Is Affecting My Property?
If you have noticed signs of mold in your residential or commercial property, the wisest course of action is to seek out a professional mold test. Attempting to clean or remediate the mold problem yourself with consumer-level products, could likely disturb the colony causing spores and potentially dangerous mycotoxins to spread to other parts of the property.
How Is A Mold Inspection Test Performed?
Hydroscience Group will schedule a professional mold inspection test at your earliest convenience. Please note any areas of concern to our specialists. This might include rooms where you have noticed an earthy or musty odor as well as areas of discoloration. You should also tell them about any areas that have experienced a water intrusion event such as:
- Water in the basement
- Condensation issues in parts of the HVAC system
- A roof leak
- Leaky pipes that may or may not have been professionally repaired
- Localized flooding
- A backed-up drain or other plumbing faults
Our specialists use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to assess the overall mold threat in your home, as well as identifying areas where active mold colonies have established a presence. The process might include collecting swab or air samples, or further testing of suspicious materials. Hydroscience Group will also record relative humidity levels in the building, as well as ambient moisture levels.
Once all the data has been collected and analyzed our specialists will recommend an effective mold remediation strategy.
At Hydroscience Group, our mold remediation specialists use high-quality professional strength cleaning products as a core component of any remediation strategy. This includes a botanical-based anti-microbial fungicide which has been specially formulated by Benefect Disinfectants and Cleaners©.
The Environmental Protection Agency has registered these cleaning agents as being environmentally friendly. They also recommend maintaining indoor relative humidity levels below 60% throughout the year.
Upon completion of the mold remediation process, our specialists can also provide you with things you can do to maintain effective humidity levels, and reduce your risk of experiencing another mold problem in the future.
Hydroscience Group in certain circumstances may recommend encapsulation where the technicians apply an antimicrobial fungicide sealant paint
This might include simple things like:
- Making upgrades, updates, or repairs to the HVAC system
- Upgrading ventilation systems in key rooms like the bathroom and kitchen
- Consistently using bathroom and kitchen ventilation systems when necessary
- Placing a dehumidifier in vulnerable locations
- Making sure that all wet clothing items are laundered the same day
- Repairing minor roof leaks, foundation cracks or faults in the gutter system
- Replacing, repairing, or upgrading a compromised plumbing feature