Mold Testing & Inspection Includes
- 3 Air Samples
- Visual Inspection of Entire Property
- Identification of Problematic Areas
- Lab Results
- Additional Individual Samples are $120/Ea.
What is mold?
Molds are fungi that can be found indoors as well as outdoors. They grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread & reproduce by creating spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that normally do not support mold growth.
How does mold affect us?
Exposure to mold can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some persons with serious allergies to mold may have more severe reactions. This can include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.
When infants are exposed to mold in the home, their risk for developing asthma more than doubles, according to a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The study doesn't prove mold causes asthma, but it does suggest that exposure to mold during infancy is linked to the development of chronic inflammation of the lung airways, which causes wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.
Where can mold be found?
Molds are found in nearly every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, all year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or areas where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements, bathrooms, A/C systems or showers.