Too much moisture and standing water can be a breeding ground for mold. If you see or smell mold it can be dangerous to your health and expensive to remove if ignored. if left ignored and expensive if ignored. Mold has a damp, musty scent. The smell is caused by microbial volatile organic compounds
(mVOCs), which are substances that are naturally produced by molds, as they grow and can be dangerous. The CDC says that if you can see or smell mold, it should be removed, no matter what type of mold it is.
Hiring a mold professional.
Once you have decided to contact a mold professional, make sure that they are a licensed Mold Assessor within your state. They must perform their duties in accordance with the state laws for where you live. They will perform the initial visual inspection and assessment of the property for mold growth.
This may include the use of a moisture meter.
Once their inspection is complete, they will develop a remediation plan of action if necessary. The plan will be specific to each project. The purpose of this plan is to recommend methods to eliminate the moisture source(s) and any visible mold growth if it is problematic.
The mold remediation plan should include
- A description of the rooms or areas where the remediation will be performed.
- An estimate of the quantity of material to be cleaned or removed.
- Identify the source of the moisture causing mold growth, if possible.
- Make recommendations on how to remedy the moisture issue.
- The criteria that must be met to consider the cleanup complete.
- Perform a post-remediation assessment to confirm the remediation was successful.
- Issue a written certificate of clearance.
Facts about mold
- Mold is a natural part of the environment.
- There is always some mold in the air and on surfaces.
- Sampling will almost always reveal the presence of mold or mold spores.
- Unless people are allergic to mold or mold spores, the presence of mold does not usually produce any
- symptoms, this does not mean you are safe.
- Knowing the specific type of mold, genus, and species, is helpful to finding out if someone is allergic.