Mold Inspection and Remediation
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mold and mildew are everywhere. They are naturally occurring microorganisms that exist outside, breaking down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves, and constantly releasing tiny spores in order to reproduce. These same spores also exist inside our homes and business on a variety of surfaces and generally do not present a problem, until the surfaces become wet and mold and mildew begin to grow. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Some types of mold are relatively non-toxic, though they can still cause allergic reactions etc., but other types, such as black mold, are extremely toxic and must be removed immediately to avoid health risks.
You may already be experiencing some of the symptoms of living with mold, such as asthma, headaches, and watery eyes, and as a result, you suspect that you have mold in your home or business. If you think you have a mold problem, the first thing you need to do is investigate. Upon simple investigation, if you see or are certain that you smell mold, it is important that you contact a licensed, certified mold remediation company immediately, namely Joe Taylor Restoration. However, if you do not see or smell mold immediately, you may need to investigate further. Mold is very good at hiding, so you will need to look thoroughly.
Some places you need to check are:
• windows, roofs, and gutters (the constant supply of water gives mold spores the start they need)
• areas with poor ventilation that may have moisture buildup from multiple house plants, appliances that produce moisture, etc.
• areas where there was water damage at one time (and perhaps were not properly dried)
• the undersides of carpets and pads
• the surface of walls behind furniture where condensation can form
• the backsides of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling
• the top sides of ceiling tiles
• inside walls around pipes that produce condensation
• area around the air conditioner
• inside ductwork
Use both your nose and your eyes to check each surface. Mold may appear velvety, cotton-like, grainy, or leathery and can vary in color from black, white, gray, purple, brown, yellow, or green. Look for signs of excessive moisture or water damage such as standing water, and discoloration on the carpets, walls, ceilings, or woodwork. If you find an area with a noticeable mold odor or one that has water damage, you may need to use destructive techniques to inspect enclosed areas, such as behind the baseboards, where mold could be concealed.
If this kind of investigation sounds overwhelming, another option is to contact a professional for a mold inspection. Joe Taylor Restoration can set you up with the mold testing that you will need, and can also provide any mold remediation services that are necessary based upon inspection results. Whether you have discovered mold in your home or business, or you simply suspect that there is a problem, do not hesitate to contact Joe Taylor Restoration. The sooner you call, the healthier your home or work environment will be.