NJ and NY Mold Inspection
Total Home Inspection Services does not do mold inspection or remediation. The following is for your information only.
Q: What is mold and how does it occur?
Molds are part of the natural environment. There are over 100,000 different types of mold. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. However, indoors mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores that are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on wet surfaces.
Damp moist conditions like poorly ventilated attics, wet basements and crawlspaces are the ideal breeding ground for mold. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food for mold to flourish. Water damage or leakage left unattended for a period of time may lead to mold growth, and in turn can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health hazard.
Q: What sort of health hazards does mold cause?
Molds produce allergens (substances that can allergic reactions) irritants and in some cases potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash (dermatitis). Molds can cause asthma attacks and irritate the throat and lungs.
Q: How can I control the potential for mold?
If your property has sustained water damage it is vital to have the water removed and the structure dried properly. Fix all leaks and seepage. Ventilate enclosed spaces. Put plastic cover over dirt in crawlspaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove moisture to the outside. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners. Raise the temperature of cold surfaces where moisture condenses. Pay attention to carpet on concrete floors. Carpet can absorb moisture and serve as a breeding ground for mold.
Q: If I have mold what do I do?
We do not do NJ or NY mold inspection or remediation, but if we suspect mold may be present, we will refer you to a professional who does. This is definitely one area that you need to leave to the professionals.