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Why is Mold Growing in my House?

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. 

Can Mold Cause Health Problems

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 

10 Things You Should Know About Mold

 

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and dehumidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning

  1. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  2. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  3. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  4. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  5. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. Every home should be tested for mold


Air Sampling

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

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 is your Family's Certified Mold Inspector

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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

About Us

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.  

North Carolina Home Inspector License #4269 

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