Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, mold plays a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Call us today for a professional Mold Inspection done right by Big Pines Home & Property Services.
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people
Air sampling may be necessary if the mold growth is suspected (for example, musty odors), but cannot be identified by a visual examination. The purpose of such air sampling is to determine the location and/or extent of mold contamination as well as a simple confirmation that mold growth exists somewhere in the building. Air sampling involves taking two samples, one indoor and one outdoor. No mold should be present inside a dwelling that is not present outside. All mold spores have a source, identifying and correcting the source is the goal.
Surface sampling can provide information regarding whether the visible apparent mold is in fact actual microbial growth (mold) or not, measure the relative degree of the mold contamination, and can serve to confirm that the sampled mold growth may be producing mold spores in the air.
Big Pines Home & Property Services conducts all Complete and Limited Mold Inspections in accordance with the strict Standards of Practice (SOP) of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants
Big Pines Home & Property Services LLC is a Veteran owned, licensed, insured and certified home inspection company providing Residential Home inspections for the Eastern North Carolina Area including: Pitt, Wilson, Greene, Beaufort, Craven, Lenoir, Martin and Edge Combe counties.
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