Professional Mold Testing and Inspection
Our team at A-1 Basement solutions provides professional home basement inspections and testing services. It is hard to know when you have a mold issue with a home due to the microscopic nature of mold particles. Often times family members may be getting sick for seemingly no reason as your HVAC system circulates the mold particles around your house.
Having your home tested for mold is a simple process that involves our experts coming out to your home briefly to test the areas of your home where mold is most likely to occur. Our mold testing system is guaranteed to find even the smallest particles of mold so our team can help keep your home protected longer. In cases where there are visible signs of mold, our team can identify what is causing it and how much of your home is affected. Often times visible signs of mold can point to a much larger infestation of the fungus. If you are unsure if you have a mold issue or think you may have visible signs of mold on your home call our experts immediately. The sooner you protect your home the safer you will be.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that reproduces by creating small spores that work like seeds forming new mold growths when they find the right conditions. Every home has mold spores of all kinds in the air, black mold, Stachybotrys Chartrum, and Penicillium to name a few. So, “what is mold?”; is a common question
Top 3 Spots to Find Mold
The most common places that people discover mold in their homes are:
- The Attic: The attic gets moisture from nail pops on the roof and roof leaks. The attic can also retain moisture if not properly ventilated. Because mold in the attic can spread quickly it is important for you to check the attic on a regular basis.
- The bathroom: The bathroom has moisture in it from the sink, toilet, tub, and shower.You should have an exhaust fan in the bathroom that vents directly to the outside, not into the attic. If you don’t have an exhaust fan you should open the window when engaging in activities that produce moisture.
- The basement: The basement can get moisture through the foundation in the form of actual water leaking or water vapor. In the Summer humidity from the warm air is also a concern because the cool basement floor and walls attract moisture.
What Does Mold Look Like?
Some common signs of mold in a home include the discoloration of surfaces. Mold can cause surfaces to change color to white, green, or black. It is important to pay attention to these warning signs since molds produce allergens.
With mold, what you can see is only the tip of the iceberg. 10% of Mold you see… 90% of Mold is microscopic. Most of the suspended airborne particles are too small to see; yet small enough to be respired (breathed into the lungs) which causes damage to your home, sickness and disease in people and pets. These invisible particles are a serious health risk concern.
Can You Smell Mold
Trust your senses, the nose knows all. If something smells funny or bad there is a reason for it. The nose knows. That musty basement smell is a giveaway that something is wrong. If you think you have a mold problem…you probably do. Mold spores and bacteria cultures that form on wet surfaces can expose serious health problems to you and your family. The elderly, those with allergies and those with weak immune systems are vulnerable to a variety of illnesses due to mold spores and bacteria caused by a damp basement.
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