What is Mold?
Molds are fungi. Tiny particles of mold are present in the indoor and outdoor air that we breathe. Under the right conditions mold spores can multiply- towards dangerous levels and thrive. In order to create a proper environment to grow, mold most importantly needs MOISTURE.
What type of problems are associated with Mold?
Damage to the Home
Mold can easily cause damage to your personal belongings, furniture, and other material goods in your home. Since mold is caused by moisture, mold is typically a clear indicator of another problem in the home. Signs of mold usually mean that moisture is entering the home from somewhere and possibly causing serious damage to the structure of your home. Mold could indicate a roof leak, plumbing leak, water in the crawl space, a previously flooded basement, or even an improperly vented exhaust fan. All of the above are problems that need close investigation in order to maintain the proper function of the home.
People are exposed to mold when they breathe spores, make contact with skin, or swallow it. Mold can seriously affect the health of those exposed to it. The type and severity of the health effects from mold exposure are difficult to predict. Most commonly mold causes allergy like symptoms, but sometimes serious health problems can occur. Common symptoms of mold exposure are: nasal/sinus congestion, cough, wheeze, sore throat, skin/eye irritation, and upper respiratory infections.
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Should I have a mold inspection?
YES! Mold problems are not always obvious to the untrained eye and left untreated mold can damage your home and seriously affect your family’s health. Even small areas of mold can lead to serious problems later on. Mold can even be found in your duct work. Why take such a risk when the costs for a mold inspection are minimal? Baltimore Home Specs inspectors can inspect, gather mold samples, and have the samples tested relatively quickly with little inconvenience to a home owner.
What is American IAQ?
The American Indoor Air Quality Council promotes awareness, education and certification in the field of indoor air quality. Our mission is to establish credible certifications that provide value to certificates, their clients and the public. It is our goal to serve the public interest with integrity as an independent certifying body.
As American IAQ certified inspectors we offer a cost effective mold screen and have the ability to refer you to specialists if sampling reveals the need for additional investigation. We are trained to a rigorous inspection standard and are required to attend recurring training sessions.
Baltimore Home Specs LLC only uses accredited laboratories for sample analyses