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Our home inspectors at Inspect-All Services are committed to alerting Atlanta area homeowners and real estate professionals to potential environmental hazards in a house, including mold and radon. With our high humidity in GA, mold can be a particular problem to watch out for, as allergic reactions to the fungi are very common.
Mold (fungi) is present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. There are more than 100,000 species of mold, at least 1,000 of which are common in America. Species of Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus are some of the most commonly found species. Mold most likely grows in bathrooms, basements, and anywhere else where there is dampness or water. Many types of mold routinely encountered aren't hazardous to healthy individuals. Too much exposure to mold may cause a worsening of such conditions as asthma, hay fever, or other allergies. Fevers and breathing problems in a vulnerable individual are possible but unusual.
When moldy material becomes damaged or disturbed, spores, which are reproductive bodies similar to seeds, can be released into the air. Exposure can occur if people inhale the spores, directly handle moldy material, or accidentally ingest the spores. Since all molds need water to grow, mold can grow almost anywhere where there is high humidity, dampness, or water damage. Most often molds are confined to areas near the water source. Removing the source of moisture through repairs or dehumidification is crucial in preventing mold growth. Correcting underlying water damage and cleaning the affected area is the best way to treat mold. If mold contamination is extensive, a professional abatement company may be needed.
Mold & Air Quality
Mold & Air Quality test results are not designed to be pass/fail, but rather just one piece of a larger puzzle in determining if there is a potential mold problem.
High humidity and water intrusion should be considered along with sampling results.
If inside spores/m3 levels are higher than outside levels of spores/m3 then there could be cause for concern.
Results cannot be determined by numbers alone, you must look at certain mold types.