Mold Services – Professional Mold Testing
Mold Assessment / Inspections
Precision will perform a preliminary indoor air-quality assessment / mold assessment to identify potential indoor air quality issues within the building or residence. The assessment will be performed by a TDLR licensed Mold Assessment Consultant.
The first step of the assessment will be to visually assess the area for visible mold and moisture. If necessary, Precision will collect surface samples and/ or non-viable air samples (i.e. spore-trap samples) for laboratory analysis. The samples will be analyzed for the presence of viable and non-viable fungal spores and structures.
Precision’s assessment will be performed in general accordance with the Texas Mold Assessment Rules and indoor air quality standards. Precision’s standard used to judge the quality of indoor air with regard to airborne fungal spores is:
- A total fungal spore count of no more than 30 to 50 percent of outside air; and
- Similar general of fungal spores identified inside and outside.
Also considered is the presence of a specific detrimental genre or species of fungal spores in the indoor air that are considered to be problematic in the absence of the same spores identified in outside air.
If mold remediation is needed, Precision will prepare a Mold Remediation Protocol based on the observations and assessment made by the mold assessment consultant. This will detail the scope of the remediation project, including mold abatement procedures, extent of containment, estimated quantities of materials to be removed, and post-remediation clearance requirements. After the mold remediation, Precision will conduct post-remediation clearance sampling. Clearance sampling will include a visual inspection of the containment and air samples.
Finding the right environmental company
Why should I hire a professional to test for mold?
Should you suspect there is mold present in your home, there are options of how you can approach the problem. While there are kits available that allow you to do the testing yourself, professionals, like those from Precision Environmental Services, can give you a better understanding of the mold growing in your home, and help come up with a plan to remove it. Professional mold testing is therefore recommended.
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SHOULD I HAVE MY HOME TESTED FOR MOLD?
Mold is all around us, indoors and outdoors. However, it is not always easy to locate and identify the hidden danger that may be invading your living space. If you suspect mold is growing in your home, it is best to contact a professional such as Precision Environmental Services to help find the problem and get rid of it for the health of you and your family.
How familiar are you with mold?
You have likely had experience with certain molds during your lifetime. You may have opened your refrigerator to a foul smell or foods turning colors. But some molds have the ability to grow in areas of your home that you do not see frequently, and those molds can be harmful to your health.
By definition, mold is a fungus and spreads through tiny, airborne spores. It is estimated that there are a few hundred thousand types of mold in the world. Most fall into one of three categories:
- Allergenic – causes allergic reactions, such as breathing problems
- Pathogenic – aggravates symptoms for those already facing illnesses
- Toxigenic – can lead to more serious health conditions
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Professional home inspection – How do I know if mold is growing in my home?
In some cases, mold growth is obvious. Dark, damp environments, such as your basement, attic, or bathroom, are perfect for the development of mold.
Visible signs of mold growth include:
- Condensation – Condensation is a sure sign that mold may be present in the environment. Condensation can accumulate on many services, including metals and glass. That moisture can create the perfect setting for mold spores to land on, grow, and spread.
- Water Damage – In some cases, water damage can go unseen for long periods of time. You can feel for dampness on the walls of your home, but other telltale signs include peeling, bulging and cracking of the walls. You may also spot some discoloration of the paint.
- Noticeable Mold – Because mold can come in many shapes, sizes and colors, sometimes it is mistaken for other things, like dirt. However, once small spot is sometimes just the tip of the iceberg. If you see a small area of mold in your home, it could mean that there is a bigger problem hidden from your view.
- Unusual Smells – Smells can also be an indication of mold being present. Most people describe a damp, musty scent when they discover mold. As you might assume, the worse the smell, the more probable that you have a mold problem.
- Deteriorating Conditions – As homes get older, you may notice diminishing conditions. While age plays a major role in the integrity of the structure, mold could be making it worse. Look for warping drywall and wood, as well as chipping paint or peeling wallpaper.
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When should you test your house for mold?
- You don’t see visible mold but you have high humidity.
- You’ve found visible mold growth but it’s unclear what materials have been affected.
- Your family suffers from health problems commonly related to mold exposure.
- You smell musty odors.
- Remediation has been performed and you need proof it’s clean.
Read more about: Black Mold Symptoms and Health Effects
Black Mold Symptoms and Health Effects
If you suffer from a chronic condition, such as asthma, and your symptoms have become worsened, it could be a sign that mold is present in your environment.
Typical mold exposure can lead to the following symptoms:
- Skin or Eye Irritation
However, if you are already sensitive to molds, it can lead to more serious conditions, including:
- Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis – causes the lungs to become inflamed and can cause scarring if it goes untreated.
- Bronchitis – causes inflammation in the air passages that lead to your lungs.
- Chronic Rhinosinusitis – causes the body to release a chemical to fight fungi, but can clog the sinuses as long as fungi are present.
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Molds come in a variety shapes, sizes and colors. Some of the more common types of household mold include:
- Stachybotrys Chartarum is also known as black mold. While it is not the most common type of mold, it is toxic and can lead to respiratory issues and mental health problems.
- Alternaria is found in areas with an abundance of moisture, such as a sink or shower. Alternaria causes allergic reactions in people with mold sensitivity, including asthma attacks.
- Penicillium may sound familiar, as it was the first modern antibiotic. When it grows in your home, it can quickly spread and causes issues with your sinuses and respiratory system.
- Aspergillus has not been shown to cause major health issues, but studies have shown that it can lead to breathing problems, and infections of the eyes and ears.
- Chaetomium is known for causing a musty odor when growing in homes. It is most commonly found on water-damaged materials, such as drywall, baseboards and window frames. It can cause allergic reactions, such as coughing, sore throat or sinus congestion.
- Cladosporium is often found in warm, cool areas such as carpets and wood. Its toxins have the most affect on people living with compromised immune systems.
- Fusarium is typically found in soils, but can also grow on fabrics that have been damaged by water. Fusarium can impact the circulatory and nervous system, and has been known to increase symptoms of conditions like asthma.
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Mold Removal and Remediation
The mold remediation, and can include several steps:
- Containment/Ventilation – Ensuring you have proper ventilation in the area affected by mold is one of, if not the most, important steps in riding your home of mold. Air filtration devices are needed to prevent spores from becoming airborne and spreading further.
- Cleaning/Disinfection – While chloride bleach can be used to get rid of certain household molds, depending on the severity of the problem, you may need professional grade solutions. Once the area is clean, another solution will be applied to keep the mold from reoccurring.
- Repair Source of Mold – Because we know that most areas create a great breeding ground for molds, it is crucial that you address any issues you may be having with leaks or water damage.
- Mold Encapsulation – In some in situations, the mold may not be fully removed from your home. Should this be the case at your home, the mold would be encapsulated – or enclosed – by paint or a similar sealing material that will prevent the mold from growing and spreading further.
- Repeat mold testing to verify remediation was effective.
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