Homes with damp conditions or that have suffered from some sort of water leakage are prime suspects for the development of potentially harmful mold growth in homes. Mold and the airborne spores they produce may cause allergic reactions, asthma, and other, more serious respiratory complaints. The standard for mold testing created by IESO (Indoor Environmental Standards Organization) is the standard by which Advance Look Certified Residential Mold Inspectors conduct mold screenings. The inspectors will utilize wetted swabs, tape medium or high velocity vacuum pumps and spore traps to extract samples that will be sent to an approved laboratory for analysis. When the results return our professional inspectors will interpret the results and provide a professional recommendation.
What is Mold?
Mold is a generic name for over 100,000 different kinds of fungus. Essentially, molds are living organisms that make up a large portion of the fungi kingdom. Once thought to be part of the plant kingdom, molds make spores instead of seeds which float in the air like pollen. Spores are regenerative cells surrounded by a very tough coating that can survive detergents, chemicals, bleach and extreme temperatures.
Mold spores are microscopic in size, typically requiring 600X magnification to identify. It is has been said that 250,000 mold spores can fit on the head of a pin. A visible patch of mold the size of a quarter can represent billions of spores.
Molds reproduce by releasing spores. When mold spores colonize (settle) on a surface they can grow and spread rapidly, giving off a variety of odors and exhibiting hundreds of different colors and textures.
Isn’t Mold Everywhere?
Mold is part of the natural environment and is virtually everywhere, all the time, indoors and out. It would be a grievous mistake, however, to assume that just because mold is everywhere, it’s not a problem.
Outdoors, mold plays an important role in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. Indoors, mold can be a significant problem, destroying property and posing a number of serious health risks.