Mold & Indoor Air

All In One Inspection is certified to test for indoor mold. Mold is in every home and usually does not represent an issue unless there is a moisture problem that allows the mold spores to multiply and spread through the home. Direct swab and air grab sample are taken in accordance with the EPA protocol. Samples are typically taken after an examination of the house is performed. If there is a musty or damp smell in the home, there usually is a mold problem.

What are molds?
Molds are fungi that are found both indoors and outdoors. Estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more.   Molds like warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are some of the common indoor molds?

* Penicillium
* Alternaria
* Aspergillus

Stachybotrys – Is the notorious “black” mold which is found in Saskatoon and poisonous by inhalation.

How do molds affect people?

Most people are sensitive to molds. Exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Individuals with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay.  Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath.  People with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

Where are molds found?

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

How can people decrease mold exposure?

Individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.   In your home mold growth can be slowed by keeping humidity levels between 25% and 35%, and ventilating showers and cooking areas.  If you suspect there is mold growth in your home, please give me a call to discuss the problem.  I can provide you with the right product to clean up the mold, which is not sold in stores. 

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep the humidity level in the house between 35% and 55%.
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.