Mold is a natural fungus that can range in color and requires moisture to survive. It can grow on virtually any surface or material including wood, paper, carpet and food. Mold reproduces by releasing spores throughout the air which causes mold growth. Attics, basements, and crawlspaces can provide the perfect breeding conditions for mold. They often have elevated humidity, minimal light, and contain a water source.
One of the most important things you need to find out when dealing with mold is the water source that is feeding it. Common residential water and mold sources include damaged pipes, building foundation issues like framing or drainage systems, roof leaks and sprinkler systems.
When mold is visible, this typically signifies somewhat extensive growth and mold testing is not necessarily needed. Not all molds are toxic and the only way to determine the level of danger is by mold testing. Since the cause of mold growth is hidden a lot of times, mold testing is most beneficial in this case. Mold can also be detected by smell, which is a good indication that your home should be tested for mold. A mold inspection will generally begin with a visual inspection. Air and surface samples will then be taken. These samples will be sent off to the lab to be analyzed to determine what kind of mold it is and for severity. These results will be the basis for creating a plan to address your unique circumstance.
The risks of mold not only includes the health of you and your employees, but also the structural integrity of your commercial business facility. Taking initiative to halt an issue before it becomes more substantial can help you to avoid higher costs for mold damages later and shows that you care about the environment of your employees and patrons. At Kill Mold, our experts want to protect the health and wellbeing of those in your commercial business and can help to remediate any larger issues.