Among the paramount concerns that weigh heavily on the minds of homeowners, tenants, and especially homebuyers, mold takes center stage.
Regrettably, we’ve witnessed numerous instances where exorbitant amounts were needlessly spent on remediation, often based on information provided by unqualified sources, including other home inspectors or those with vested interests in carrying out the repairs or remediation. To circumvent any potential conflict of interest, we ardently advocate for an unbiased third-party inspection to preserve objectivity.
As a Certified Mold Inspector, I extend a comprehensive Fungal Assessment Inspection service to homeowners, tenants, businesses, and stratas, complete with indoor air quality testing (IAQ) and other essential testing services. Armed with specialized moisture detection equipment, cutting-edge infrared technology (referred to as thermal imaging), and an arsenal of various tools, I am adept at uncovering hidden moisture and pinpointing potential areas of mold contamination.
Contrary to popular belief, mold is an omnipresent presence in every home, regardless of the quality of maintenance or housekeeping. It may not always manifest as fuzzy green, black, or multi-colored growth, but can take the form of spores, lying dormant until triggered by specific conditions such as chronic moisture, the presence of an organic food source, and inadequate air movement or ventilation.
Amidst the plethora of misconceptions surrounding mold, let’s debunk a few prominent myths:
Myth #1: Clean it with bleach.
While bleach possesses antimicrobial properties, it is caustic and poses dangers when mixed with common household chemicals. Instead, a safer and equally effective alternative is regular dish soap and hot water, provided the vegetative growth is adequately removed before introducing moisture, followed by thorough drying.
The reality is that applying moisture to actively growing mold can disperse its seeds or “spores” throughout the environment, leading to more severe contamination, often facilitated by forced-air heating systems.
Moreover, certain molds are suspected of causing chronic health conditions, including Rinosinusitis, chronic coughs, headaches, asthma, and even cancer.
Myth #2: Dormant mold poses no threat.
This is far from the truth. Active mold growth releases Mycotoxins as it consumes its food source, which can significantly impact individuals with heightened sensitivities. Even in its dry state, mold spores can travel with ease through natural air currents within the home, raising potential health concerns.
Myth #3: All molds are hazardous.
Mold is an integral part of our natural environment, vital for biological breakdown processes, penicillin, and even the creation of blue cheese! While some molds have been linked to health issues, not all molds pose a danger. Specific molds like Stachybotrys, Fusarium, and Chaetomium, rare in the outdoor environment, signify indoor mold growth problems when found in air samples. On the other hand, molds like Penicillium/Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Basidiospores, common in outdoor environments, are typically found in air samples, as long as their levels are not excessive. As we coexist with the outdoor environment, expecting a mold-free home is often unrealistic.
Accurate diagnosis and identification of indoor air samples require comparison with outdoor control samples, a task best performed by certified mold inspectors (CMIs), industrial hygienists, environmental engineers, or mycologists. Relying on opinions from other sources regarding the toxicity of visible molds can be hazardous and misleading.
Mold poses a dual threat – not only to health but also to the potential integrity of buildings. At All In One Home Inspections, we offer a guiding hand to help you steer clear of costly situations that could jeopardize your well-being and diminish the value of your assets.
Please feel free to reach out to us for further information and pricing regarding a Fungal Assessment Inspection and/or air quality sampling. We are committed to safeguarding your home and health.