There is a lot of talk and worry around Central Texas right now as many of our surrounding towns have been flooded, rivers have reached levels not seen in decades and even those who have not had water lapping at their door are seeing week after week of rain turn our usually hot climate into a subtropical locale. Mold has become an issue.
So I have been posting about Mold and what I have learned through reading about the latest as well as completing training on testing for mold in the air and on surfaces in order to become certified as a mold inspector.
A great article that was posted that reflected the reality of mold in homes and what is the reality of Black Mold was covered here. The article reflects the position of the CDC on Black Mold or Toxic Mold.
The good news is most of the fear about toxic or black mold has been dismissed. Yes, some sensitive individuals can encounter significant health issues and most of us might experience hayfever from mold. But for the most part, we need to look at mold as another intruder in our house we need to control.
You might notice I didn’t say remove.
We can and should remove and remediate mold that can be seen and that has gotten out of control but we will always have mold in the normal household. Unless you live in a “clean room” or laboratory setting.
But we do need to control mold in the home. And the best way to do this since mold spores are pretty much everywhere is to control moisture. Mold needs moisture to thrive and so as a Certified Mold Inspector, my focus is to understand the moisture in a home.
We inspect the house from the roof to the crawlspace. We test for relative humidity to understand general moisture in the air but also look for moisture that has entered via leaks in the roof, pipes, drains or wherever.
A big part of a Mold Inspection is to find moisture.
After we get an overall picture of a house and any past or current leaks and moisture we test the air.
We will test two places outside the home and then take one air sample in the home. Maybe more. The goal is not to find out if there is mold in the air in the house, there is. The goal is to find out if it is much more than what we find outside. If it is, then we know something is going on inside the house to cause mold to grow more than it is outside.
That’s why we need to test air and find moisture so we can put a report together with the certified labs’ reports to give a homeowner a confirmation of what is going on with mold in the home.
It’s important to know that if you have mold growing, it needs to be removed. What type of mold is secondary. Depending on the size of the area a remediation company should be called. For minor cleanups soap and water is very effective. We will test it and send it to the lab but that is just to confirm beyond a doubt it is indeed mold. Sometimes stains can be confused with mold.
We invite you to call us if you suspect you have mold in your house that is causing damage to materials, a musty odor, or you are experiencing health issues you suspect is mold.
We cannot prove that mold we find is the cause of a health issue. Only a healthcare professional can do that.
But we can tell you if the levels of mold are higher than outside which means you probably have mold growing somewhere that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later.
If you need someone to help you identify moisture in the home and any elevated levels of mold give us a call. We are certified mold inspectors and use laboratories that are certified and can help confirm what the levels are in the house.