According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) mold is a very common problem in homes. The effects of mold can vary depending on the amount present, the types of mold, as well as, any pre-existing conditions of the inhabitants. Molds are part of the environment. Mold typically attaches itself to areas containing high moisture levels. The collection of these mold spores affects the condition of the home and in turn – your health. There are hundreds of thousands of different type of mold that exist – the types of mold vary in effects and prevalence but some commonly found within a home are: Alternaria, Aspergillus, Aureobasidium, Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Penicillium, Stachybotrys Chartaum (“black-mold”), Serpula Lacrymans, Trichoderma, and Ulocladium.
Identifying the problem is your first step to counteracting any potential problems with the structure of your home as well as the health of your family. Various studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and CDC indicate that mold can cause various health issues such as Asthma, Pneumonia, allergies, rashes on the skin, bloodstream infections and even meningitis. Not only does mold affect the health of you and your family, but it can also affect the
health of your pets. Dogs and cats can suffer respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurologica issues as a result of their contact with the spores produced by mold.
Mold not only poses physical harm to you, and your family, but it can also cause structural problems within your home. Due to the nature of mold, it is not always easily detectable. It is critical that you hire a professional that is properly trained in looking for certain trace factors that can put your family, pets, and home at risk. Inspector Seltzer is a certified mold measurement technician who will be able to locate and point out problem areas in the home.
Mike offers air and surface sample testing in order to identify the TYPE and QUANTITY of mold. It is a none invasive procedure and will be conducted during the inspection. You can typically expect results within 48 hours which will be tied into the main inspection report for your review.