Of the 5 kingdoms of life (plants, animals, fungi, protista and monera) mold is classified as a fungus but not all fungi are considered mold. Fungi and mold are heterotrophs and saprophytic they cannot produce their own food and rely on an external food source that has organic properties and are high in cellulose. Most of all mold needs MOISTURE to grow.
Water activity (Aw) is the amount of free water on a substrate that an organism can use to support growth. It is important to control moisture in all parts and all levels of the home to prevent mold growth. First Choice Inspection Service’s Mold and Moisture Intrusion Inspection is a top to bottom inspection that will identify the visible breaches in the building envelope in attempt to limit the possible contamination of mold within the dwelling. This inspection will also employ effective measures using professional techniques and equipment like infrared imaging, moisture meters and sampling pumps to find if a mold problem exists.
It is especially important in older homes to have a complete inspection because of stack effect (warm air rises) and balloon framing (a continuous chase of framing from the basement to upper levels). Mold spores are extremely light (2 to 20 microns) and travel via air movement so it could be possible for a basement contamination to cross contaminate and affect other areas of the home. The First Choice Inspection Service’s Mold and moisture intrusion inspection is available for the entire dwelling or primarily the area of concern with add on locations.
Currently the laboratory standard and requirements are at least two outdoor air samples and one indoor air sample. Mold is EVERYWHERE! The key is to keep the indoor spore counts lower than the natural outdoor spore counts of your environment. This is why the laboratory requires two outdoor samples to compare against the minimum one indoor air sample to asses what the acceptable level and spore count of your indoor air quality should be. Additionally to the one indoor air sample minimum it may be necessary to add a physical sample in the form of either a swab, tape, carpet or bulk sample in the case of visible apparent mold. If there is no visible apparent mold an additional air sample may be suggested to compare against your area of concern and another part of the dwelling or HVAC system.
As well as having qualifications with IAC2 the international association of certified indoor air consultants. First Choice Inspection Service has qualifications and certifications in water damage restoration and applied microbial/sewage remediation technician certifications. This means that of the different situations that mold and moisture intrusion can affect your dwelling First Choice Inspection Service has had training, practical knowledge and experience of the precursor, determination and remediation process.
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