Mold is a name given to any growing fungus.
When present on clothing or in advertising campaigns it is often called mildew.
Mildew is sometimes referred to as the footprint of mold.
The recipe for mold to grow is very simple. Mold needs food (the
substrate in which mold grows on), the proper temperature (mold tends to grow best in the temperature that we live in),
and of course moisture (this is the only ingredient that we can control).
Many times, high
humidity, above 55% (University of Florida) can provide enough moisture for mold to thrive. Many cellulose or porous
substrates/surfaces, such as wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, leather items, and carpet are ideal (food) for mold growth.
A musty odor maybe the first idicator of possible
mold (moisture) problem. Mold spores grow when they land on a wet or damp surface. You need to dry wet areas
within 24 to 48 hours to prevent possible mold growth. All Homes have
mold spores in them, many are carried in on people or items, some just blow in thru open doors or windows.
MOLD GROWTH is what you don't want in your home.
Mold Inspections are becoming a common practice
today as the public becomes more aware of what could be making them sick. You
should not buy or live in a home with suspected microbial gowth (mold) until the mold and cause have been corrected.
Our Naples mold inspection and radon company serves East Naples, Everglades
City, Golden Gate, Immokalee, Marco, Naples, Naples Manor, Naples Park, North Naples, Palm River Estates.
Your Mold Inspection:
A mold inspection
will begin with the inspector conducting a visual inspection of all the accessible spaces in a home. The mold inspector
will look for visible suspected microbial growth (mold) and signs of moisture intrusion. You must remember mold needs moisture to grow.
Mold inspectors always use moisture meters to detect and varify moisture problems in a home. Many
also use an infrared thermal-imaging camera, which basicly measures temperature. Wet materials usually have a different temperature than surrounding like dry materials. Any discovered mold or water intrusion is usually photographed and documented for your report.
Moisture meters can be intrusive (pictured) or non
intrusive (not shown). Intrusive moisture meters makes holes in material being checked. Many moisture meters have
attachments such as 4 inch probes for checking hard to reach areas such as inside a wall.
Infrared Thermal Imaging cameras are very helpful in finding
water intrusion in a home that often is not visible to the naked eye. This is a non intrusive method that should be
verified by a moisture meter. Though thermal imaging cameras are very useful most inspectors don't have them.
Camera prices start at about $4,000. and are not economical for the average inspector.
Good moisture meters are around $200 to $600 price range.
A particle counter
“The main use for handheld
particle counters is checking contamination levels and locating sources of particle emissions.
The small size and weight of these particle counters make them ideal for point-of-use measurement of particle contamination
at critical locations. Hand held particle counters have proven themselves in many settings.”
A particle counter is an instrument
that detects and counts particles.
In a clean home or room the number of particles in the air should be lower than in a room with mold growth producing mold spores into the air.
The room with mold, particles should be
higher.A particle counter is just another tool for the mold inspector.As with air sampling (tests) or infrared thermal imaging cameras many things can influence
the results.The inspector using the best equipment during the inspection
should provide the most accurate and detailed information on the condition of the property.
Mold inspectors / environmentalist can determine indoor air quality more quickly
with the use of a particle counter.
Understand your mold inspectors qualifications
Naples mold assessor / inspector must be licensed by the state of Florida (DBPR). Because of "grandfathering"
in 2010, consumers should remember a mold assessor license is just a license. About a dozen licensed mold assessors in the
Naples area have passed the ACAC exam required by the DBPR for new license applicants. http://acac.org/certify/FL.aspx (If you get a fishing license, does that make you an expert fisherman?) Consumers should understand their
mold assessors / inspectors experience and certifications.
Senior Mold Assessor at Radon & Mold Professionals
Certified Indoor Environmentalist
FL Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA 5
FL DOH Certified Radon Tech R1867
Doug Wall, CIE
Certified Indoor Environmentalist serving SW Florida including Naples,
Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft Myers, Cape Coral and Sanibel Island.
Florida Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA 2
FL DOH Certified Radon Tech R1751
Bonita Springs / Naples, Florida
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