Mold is a wood destroying fungus that grows on organic (was alive in the past) materials. It is Gods way to break down material and return it back into dirt. There are 3000 types of molds in the US and 1000 of them are common to the Georgia area.
Mold spores cause allergies in different people. The toxic molds are typically more dangerous to most people and could be very dangerous at low levels to those with compromised immune systems. . There are general rules-of -thumb for acceptable levels under normal conditions. One thing to keep in mind is that these normal levels for most could cause difficult reactions in others.
Mold testing can be conducted at the conclusion of the home inspection or scheduled for a later date. We use the IAC2 (Indoor Air Consultants) national standards for testing protocols.
Lab results of mold analysis are supplied by a third party lab. A quote for remediation will follow the mold test upon request. Because mold and toxins are a large focus of Calibre Home Inspections' philosophy, we only consider or recommend a non-toxic or organic solution. The natural solution that would be suggested (quoted) are likely 1/4 to 1/3 of the costs of the typical mold remediation solution. Some remediation companies guarantee to bring the mold levels to a safe point or they will not require payment.
Methods for reducing molds in your home.
Even new construction can have a musty basement before the completion and closing of escrow. The easiest way to reduce mold/fungus is to remove the three things that promote its growth. They are moisture, organic material, and oxygen. Since wood and oxygen are almost impossible to remove, the best form of attack is to do the following three procedures aggressively.
1. Remove the water source: Mold could start growing
within 36 hours of a flood situation.
2. Dehumidify: Mold finds it easy to grow with a humidity of
over 50% relative humidity.
3. Circulate the air: Mold has a difficult time growing in
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