Mold Growth Causes
Mold is a microscopic organism, a type of fungus that grows when conditions are optimal, such as when moisture is present. Mold is often associated with humid, musty, damp conditions that allow it to grow and multiply by releasing spores into the air. It is these allergens that can cause poor air quality in your home.
If structural drying is not performed within 24-28 hours, mold growth can occur because of the following kinds of water damage: roof leaks, storm or flood water damage, burst pipes, condensation within your HVAC system.
Moisture in any area of your building can provide food for mold growth. Areas in your home or office that can hide moisture and mold problems include: drywall, insulation, wall paper, wall paints, carpet, sheetrock and wood. Our certified cleaning and water damage restoration technicians use advanced equipment, including infrared cameras and humidity moisture meters to detect mold in all areas of your property. Some are obvious, kitchens and laundry rooms for example. What about the insulation in your attic? Or under your carpet or even a hardwood floor?
This is why you need our expert technicians to find the source of moisture and eradicate the mold.
The Mold Proof Inspection
This is always the first step, no matter what appears to be the issue, it is critical that we find all the potential factors that could be causing mold in your home or office. This is no ordinary inspection…it is ridiculously thorough! Mold is really sneaky, but we’re great at finding every place it can hide. Depending on the size of your home, the inspection will typically last about an hour. We’ll present you with a complete analysis that includes where we found mold, if we did, as well as places where we think there could be a problem in the future.
This is a FREE service!
What happens if we do the Mold Proof Inspection and find issues—such as the presence of mold, mildew or algae? At that point we can go a step further and do a Certified Mold Inspection. This is a much more involved process, which is why we’re actually certified in New Mexico to provide this service. Here’s our four step process:
1. The Inspection Our certified mold inspectors take samples of several surfaces in the building, including supports, foundation, wall interior, et cetera. We also sample the outdoor environment around your home to know what the natural habitat is like.
2. Third Party Verification Our samples and test data are sent to a trusted third party laboratory to do in-depth testing.
3. The Results We walk you through the laboratory testing results, showing which species of mold are present, what their effects are, and how much is present compared to the natural outdoor environment.
4. Follow Up Because we are certified as mold remediators in New Mexico, we can give you options to remove the mold, and rebuild/repair the structure as necessary to get it to like- new condition.
At Blue Sky we understand the hazards of toxic black mold, and that the mold can only be removed after a containment system has been installed. We only use environmentally friendly chemicals when we work in your home or office. Once the mold is removed, you’ll have the option of having us go ahead and apply our mold prevention process to keep you safe from a reoccurrence.
Do I Need to Mold Proof My HVAC System?
Your HVAC (heating and air conditioning) system truly acts as the “lungs” of your house or property. Duct work is highly susceptible to mold and mildew because of condensation in the system.
Given our generally dry climate, New Mexico homeowners are surprised to learn that even here the HVAC system is frequently the source of mold and allergens. Our treatments have been designed to thoroughly clean and eliminate from the fan all the way through to the vents, including the trunk line.
It’s Your Family’s Health
Perhaps the most important reason to have your home inspected for mold is how it can affect the health of those you love most. Here’s some data from national studies:
A Harvard University Study of ten thousand homes in the United States and Canada found that over half of the homes had water damage and mold. In the study, the presence of mold was associated with a substantially higher level of respiratory problems.
The American Lung Association and the US Consumer Products Safety Commission estimated that one third to one half of all structures within the US have damp conditions which can encourage mold growth. The study goes on to say, “This information is indicative of the problem. Mold doesn’t go away or become healthier over time.”
A Mayo Clinic Study linked nearly all the chronic sinus infections that trouble approximately thirty seven million Americans to mold. Recent studies have also linked mold to the tripling of the asthma rate over the past 20 years.
According to the EPA 90% of our time is spent indoors.
Mold Can Affect Your Property Value
It is not just your health that can be negatively affected by mold; it can also cost your thousands of dollars in property value. If you wait until mold shows up, the value of your property can take a hit.
CertainTeed Research Finds that 95% of those surveyed would favor a mold prevention program for new construction. Such programs include new construction protocol, use of mold- resistant building materials and inspection regimes with sign-offs & certifications.
Property Deprecation: studies show that since 84% of the general market is resistant to buying a property with a previous mold history, there have been reports of property deprecations of up to 60% if a property has a history of mold. Mold prevention is the key to avoiding this scenario.
Indoor Air Quality: Structures built today are more efficient than ever before. According to the EPA, 90% of our time is spent indoors. Current building codes stress efficiency, but fail to deal with the issues of inner-wall condensation that has lead to 1 in 2 structures in the US and Canada having moist conditions suitable to sustain mold growth (per a Harvard University Study).
If you’re concerned that you might have mold in your home or any other buildings you own, give us a call! Don’t spend another minute worrying about it. Let come in and do a free Mold Proof Inspection first, then if needed, we can do a Certified Mold Inspection.
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