Mold Spores

Where can mold grow in Aiken?

Mold and mold spores can be found anywhere, it can grow any organic substance as long as it has moisture, warmth, and oxygen. Excessive moisture and humidity inside a building can lead to mold growth. If not addressed or found, it can grow very quickly. If you suspect your residence, commercial building, or industrial facility may have mold: Contact us immediately for an assessment and the appropriate testing.

 

Mold and mildew thrive where moisture and heat can not be adequately ventilated, such as: closets, laundry rooms, utility rooms, equipment rooms, and kitchens. These places in the home often have heat producing equipment that allow mold to flourish.

How can molds affect people in Aiken?

Mold sensitivity is very common in the population. Exposure can cause relatively minor symptoms including: digestive problems, wheezing, skin irritation, nasal stuffiness, and eye irritation. Those with severe allergies to mold can have a much more serious reaction including fever and shortness of breath. Furthermore, people with preexisting conditions and chronic lung illnesses may develop mold infections inside their lungs.

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Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions have many symptoms which range from runny nose, nasal congestion, eye irritation, GI distress and rashes to asthma. Notable triggers for these diseases are allergens derived from house dust mites; other arthropods, including cockroaches; pets (cats, dogs, birds, rodents); molds; and protein-containing furnishings, including feathers, kapok, etc. Pinnacle Property Inspections can test for all of these allergens in your home or place of work. Contact us for information and pricing. In commercial and industrial facilities, including multi-family housing (i.e. apartment buildings, dorms, military barracks), more unusual allergens are found (i.e., bacterial enzymes, algae) have caused asthma epidemics.

Investigating hidden mold problems

If a building has been subjected to moisture intrusion and water damage, there is a higher chance of a mold infestation.  Mold hides in dark damp places such as the back side of dry wall insulation, beneath cabinets or behind paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, carpets and pads, especially where any kind of condensation forms.

Investigating hidden mold problems requires knowledge and experience and should be done by an independent consultant mold testing professional such as Pinnacle Property Inspections. The building owner should not disturb potential sites of mold growth prior to testing. We have the ability to sample inside wall cavities in most cases without drilling a hole. If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, contact us immediately for thorough testing.

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

  1. Health effects and symptoms associated with mold contact and exposure include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.
  2. The only way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores.
  3. If mold is a problem in your residence or place of work, you should have it tested by a professional immediately.
  4. Fix the source of the water intrusion or leaks to prevent additional mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity level (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: installing ventilation in bathrooms and utility rooms and other locations that generate heat.
  6. Properly dry any damp furnishings or wet building materials within 48 hours to highly reduce the opportunity for mold to grow.
  7. After proper testing and results, remediate by cleaning all hard surfaces with water and detergent and completely dry. Materials such as ceiling tile, carpets and insulation that are moldy will need to be professionally cleaned or replaced.
  8. Condensation can be reduced on cold hard surfaces such as windows, floors, piping, condensate lines, and HVAC equipment located inside a conditioned space by adding additional insulation.
  9. Do not install carpeting in wet areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms, screened porches, etc. In commercial facilities, also in janitor closets or near drinking fountains.
  10. It has been reported that up to 75,000 species of mold exists and possibly up to a million unidentified. Mold growth can be found on vertical or horizontal surfaces as long as there is condensation or moisture present.

Moisture problems in Commercial and Industrial buildings

Nowadays buildings are built very tightly sealed which helps to not allow water in but at the same time does not always allow water and humidity out.  This requires appropriate exhaust systems in place to prevent the buildup of moisture. Problems in these facilities are also related with delayed and/or insufficient maintenance, and the lack of properly trained labor to handle the maintenance.

Pinnacle Property Inspections offers testing appointment times that works for you and your business.  We can test on weekdays, evenings or weekends to accommodate you.