Mold and the millions of spores it produces exist practically everywhere, inside and out. It’s a fact of nature. When mold spores find moisture and humidity, such as in a damp basement or under a leaky roof, and also the right food source, such as paper or wood, they land, they grow, and they thrive.
If not treated and cleaned promptly and thoroughly, the result can be an unhealthy level of mold spore concentration, and the consequences can be serious. Mold damages walls, woodwork, and other structural components of residential and commercial buildings; mold destroys personal belongings such as books, photos, and clothing; and it jeopardizes the health of the people and animals who occupy a building where mold exists.
Aggressive, Invassive mold inspection is always recommended.
Mold can grow undetected
Some molds can start to grow as soon as 24-48 hours after a moisture event
The color of mold does not determine if it is a health concern
Studies show a strong link between mold & potential illness
Building materials provide food for mold growth
Energy efficient building practices can promote mold growth
Mold can reduce real estate property values
Bleach is not recommended to be used on mold
FAILURE TO PROPER INSPECTION AFTER A WATER DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY
Thermal imaging detects heat patterns or temperature changes, and is the most up to date technology in the mold assessor's tool kit. The human eye cannot see through walls, but thermal imaging cameras can.
Thermal imaging enables PrimeAire Mold inspector’s immediate non-invasive high-resolution evidence of potential moisture and heat conditions. The precise temperature measurement capabilities of thermal imaging are most effective for finding mold situations shortly after a leak occurred, which is the optimum time to locate and pinpoint sources of water intrusion.
Because water has it's own thermal capacitance, water leaks and moisture intrusion project a uniquely identifiable range. This is good news for the home owner, because it makes it possible for assessors to detect problem areas.
FAILURE TO USE THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES FOR INSPECTION
Mold contamination hidden behind building wall or ceiling paneling:
The fact that mold is "hidden" in buildings does not mean one cannot find it.
We look by context: where do we see leak stains, or where do we see building practices most likely to have produced a hidden leak or moisture problem? Ice dam leaks in walls, hidden plumbing leaks, roof spillage by the foundation, are all common clues that often track to a wet building wall or ceiling cavity and from there to a hidden mold problem which may need to be addressed.
This document describes how to find mold and test for mold in buildings, including how and where to collect mold samples using adhesive tape - an easy, inexpensive, low-tech but very effective mold testing method. This procedure helps identify the presence of or locate the probable sources of mold reservoirs in buildings, and helps decide which of these need more invasive, exhaustive inspection and testing.