mold testing the villages: What You Don’t See Could Be Your Biggest Threat.. - 11/26/23 07:54 AM
What You Don’t See Could Be Your Biggest Threat
 Mold is a common component of indoor air throughout the state of Florida. With its high level of moisture and humidity, the Florida climate is the perfect environment for mold and other harmful contaminants to flourish, creating inhospitable and unhealthy conditions in homes and businesses throughout the state. 
The mold you see can be professionally removed and the area restored to its original condition. Visible mold is a problem that should be quickly addressed and remedied.
It’s the mold you don’t see that becomes a serious health risk.
 
In some cases, the smell of mold alerts residents … (3 comments)

mold testing the villages: Mold Contamination, Moisture and Your Home or Office - 11/10/23 09:07 AM
Mold Basics  The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem. It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth. Why is mold growing in my home?
Molds are part of the natural environment.  Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead trees.  But indoors, mold growth should be avoided.  Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye … (1 comments)

mold testing the villages: Mold Inspector / Mold Assessor = Medical Physician - 11/09/23 07:32 AM
Got Mold??? Don't Just Hire Anyone!! Ask for references and credentials. Highly important.
Not all Mold Assessors have the same education, training, experience, and expertise. Many companies have a great and effective website for marketing purposes. Many pay Google by the click to be in the first page on top, however, when checking the people doing the project, they lack the correct credentials. How do you select the best medical caretaker in your area? Most likely you spend time doing your research and asking questions and reference. The same applies when selecting your Mold Inspector / Assessor. Do your due diligence so you will … (1 comments)

mold testing the villages: Why Professional Mold Testing Is Necessary  - 10/18/23 06:21 AM
Why Professional Mold Testing Is Necessary (The Villages, Ocala & Gainesville, Florida)Some mold is easy enough to find on your own, such as behind old boxes or underneath your carpet. However, you’ll often need to go out of your way to find some of the harder-to-find areas. This includes your attic, your walls, and the inside of your furniture. 
Instead, you should look for some of the different signs of mold. 
Does your home smell like mold? Is it overly humid during the summer months? Are you suffering from an allergic reaction, despite all the measures you take to deal with it? 
Chances are good … (2 comments)

mold testing the villages: Common Causes and Signs of Mold at Home - 10/16/23 07:01 AM
Common Causes of Mold
Here are some of the common causes of mold: (The Villages, Ocala, Gainesville, Florida)
Humidity: If you live in a humid climate, the possibility of mold is very high as this fungus thrives in humid places. In places like Gainesville, The Villages and Ocala, Florida, where it rains constantly, the humidity is naturally high, which is why you may need a mold assessment. Leaking Pipes or Roof: More often than not, it’s a water leak within the structure of the house resulting in mold formation. A leaking pipe is the most common reason for mold behind drywall and under … (0 comments)

mold testing the villages: How much mold does it take to make me sick? - 09/11/23 07:02 AM
It depends on the situation and the person. This question is difficult to answer in the same way it's hard to say how much sun causes a sunburn: the amount varies from person to person. What one person can tolerate with little or no effect may cause symptoms in another individual.The long-term presence of indoor mold may eventually become unhealthy for anyone. Those with special health concerns should consult a medical doctor if they feel their health is affected by indoor mold. The following types of people may be affected sooner and more severely than others: Babies and children Elderly persons … (0 comments)

mold testing the villages: WHAT CAUSES STACHYBOTRYS (BLACK MOLD)? - 09/07/23 06:41 AM
BLACK MOLD = STACHYBORYS? The Villages, Ocala, Gainesville, Florida
Stachybotrys needs two main ingredients to thrive: a high-cellulose surface, and a near-constant water supply. Cellulose is a fiber found in the cell walls of plants and especially concentrated in processed, plant-derived building materials. Paper, drywall (which is coated with paper), and fiberboard are especially high in cellulose and make great locations for Stachybotrys to thrive.
 
The second ingredient, a constant water source, can result from a myriad of causes. One-time issues like water damage and flooding can provide ideal conditions for toxic mold. Continuous issues can prove especially troublesome, since they supply a … (5 comments)

mold testing the villages: Why do you need Mold Testing? - 08/26/23 06:30 AM
Mold growth is a common problem, a leak or water intrusion can easily result in a mold issue. Mold can be the cause of numerous respiratory ailments, as well as causing extensive property damage. Some individuals may not even be aware of any water damage, but suspect mold growth due to the musty odor that mold gives off. If you have recently experienced any form of water damage or suspect mold, you need to have mold testing and mold inspection completed by a professional testing group like INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST (IMS) as a first step to determine if remediation and removal … (6 comments)

mold testing the villages: How do mold affect people? Are you getting sick at home? - 06/17/23 07:42 AM
Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of mold health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes, or skin. Some people, such as those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense 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. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) … (2 comments)

mold testing the villages: How To Prevent Mold in Your House (The Villages & Gainesville) - 03/19/23 09:45 AM
How To Prevent Mold in Your House
In a nutshell, the best and most efficient way to prevent mold formation is to ensure that mold  needs (spores, food source, and moisture) are not available.
This means practicing high levels of hygiene at all times and in every part of your house and keeping the R/H below 60%.
     
Here’s one thing you should do to prevent mold formation inside your house living space:
Minimize the Humidity in And Around Your House.Moisture is the biggest contributor to mold development. If your home is always warm and humid, then there’s a high chance of mold … (4 comments)

mold testing the villages: HONGO (MOLD) EN TU CASA? Enfermo? - 03/05/23 07:24 AM
Tienes Mold (Hongo) en tu casa? Peligros de dormir en una habitación con moho y humedades
La humedad por capilaridad y la formación de moho en el dormitorio es motivo de preocupación, tanto por los daños estructurales como por las consecuencias para la salud. 
        
Por qué se crea Mold (moho) en el dormitorio?
En términos generales, el moho engloba varios tipos de hongos microscópicos, cuyas esporas son invisibles a simple vista (suelen tener entre 1 y 15 micras de diámetro) y pueden recorrer grandes distancias a través del aire. Los dormitorios son un tipo de habitación muy agradable … (0 comments)

mold testing the villages: Mold... why? Getting sick at home? The Villages, FLorida - 03/01/23 05:49 AM
Is mold in your home got you worried? Indoor Microbial Specialist is here to help. We have a team of experts that will help you confirm if mold is present at home! We are The Villages Mold Inspection and Mold Assessment company of choice.
The presence of mold in homes, schools, and businesses is of mounting concern in Florida. Mold grows on virtually any organic material, be it in food, carpet, wood or paper.
To grow, mold only needs three main ingredients: food, moisture, and optimum temperature. So anytime there is a water intrusion, be it a minor plumbing leak or a … (2 comments)

mold testing the villages: Top 5 Reasons for Mold Growth at Home or Business - 02/05/23 07:49 AM
Top 5 Reasons for Mold Growth (The Villages, Ocala, Gainesville, Florida)
HIGH HUMIDITY
Relative humidity levels of 60% and higher can provide ideal growing conditions for mold. This is because mold, as a living organism, needs water to survive, and the levels of moisture in the air and resulting condensation provide that nutrient.
 
PIPE LEAKS
Leaks from pipes – even tiny pinhole leaks – will create the moisture needed for mold to grow. And as a large number of leaks occur behind walls, the leaks often go unnoticed, giving the mold an even greater chance to take a toehold on the surfaces of your home!
 
POOR … (3 comments)

mold testing the villages: Mold & Moisture totally related to each other. The Villages - 11/03/22 07:17 AM
When unwanted molds appear in ventilating systems or in other spaces within occupied buildings, exposures of occupants to those molds can lead to serious problems. In general, the types and concentrations of mold that affect IAQ are like those found in outdoor air. However, background mold numbers may shift whenever water accumulates in buildings. Damage caused by floods, plumbing leaks and roof leaks results in mold developing and formation of mold colonies.
Moisture is the principal determinant of mold growth indoors. Different levels of moisture are needed for growth of different molds. For instance, Aspergillus and Penicillium require little available moisture and … (3 comments)

mold testing the villages: Things You Should Know About Mold: - 07/19/22 06:38 AM
Ten Things You Should Know About Mold:
 1) Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory problems.
 2) There is no practical way to completely eliminate mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
 3) If mold is a problem in your home or building, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
 4) To prevent mold growth any source of a water problem or leak must be repaired.
 5) Indoor humidity must be reduced (generally below 60%) to reduce the chances of mold … (0 comments)

mold testing the villages: MOLD or MILDEW? Purchasing a home…smell musty? - 04/02/22 01:41 PM
Mold and mildew both are fungi that develop as a result of excessive, unchecked moisture in confined spaces. They grow in a wide range of temperatures, with some strains especially thriving at higher temperatures. Both of these types of fungi can eventually damage the home or cause health concerns. Mildew is always flat. Mold can often look fuzzy or have an almost raised appearance, but mildew does not. Mildew may smell musty, but mold may be much more pungent. In its early stages, mildew appears almost white. It then often shifts to gray or brown. In its final stages, mildew can … (2 comments)

mold testing the villages: Can I use bleach to kill mold at home? - 02/06/22 08:23 AM
Chemically speaking, chlorine bleach is a water solution of sodium hypochlorite. Common household laundry bleach, used to whiten and disinfect laundry, is typically 5.25 percent (“regular strength”). OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was one of the first federal agencies to STOP recommending the use of liquid bleach for mold remediation. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has since edited their “A brief guide to mold and moisture and your home” to exclude their once suggested use of bleach to kill mold. So, what is mold? Let’s go over the basics to gets a better understanding of how it works and how it should be properly treated.
 
 NO ONE KNOWS HOW … (4 comments)

mold testing the villages: Mold... why? Getting sick at home and or office? - 07/16/21 07:09 AM
Has the discovery of mold in your Central Florida property got you worried? Indoor Microbial Specialist Services is here to help. We have a team of experts that will help you confirm if mold is present!
The presence of mold in homes, schools, and businesses is of mounting concern in Florida. Mold grows on virtually any organic material, be it in food, carpet, wood or paper.
To grow, mold only needs three main ingredients: food, moisture, and optimum temperature. So anytime there is a water intrusion, be it a minor plumbing leak or a major flood that wasn’t dried, there is a high … (0 comments)

mold testing the villages: POST REMEDIATION VERIFICATION (PRV) PROCESS (After mold eradication) - 05/20/21 06:23 AM
INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST offers post remediation verification (PRV) inspections and testing. Often referred to as “clearance testing”, this evaluation is performed by a mold or indoor air quality (IAQ) specialist to help determine if the remediation scope-of-work (remediation protocol) was followed and if the recently cleaned environment has returned to a healthy livable space. The IIRCR (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) defines this as Condition 1 status – a normal fungal ecology. The post-remediation verification should never be performed by the remediation contractor and is required to be a separate third-party company. However, many times this evaluation is scheduled through … (0 comments)

mold testing the villages: BLEACH DO NOT KILL MOLD. It feeds the mold. - 04/11/21 06:39 AM
Chemically speaking, chlorine bleach is a water solution of sodium hypochlorite. Common household laundry bleach, used to whiten and disinfect laundry, is typically either 5.25 percent (“regular strength”). OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was one of the first federal agencies to STOP recommending the use of liquid bleach for mold remediation.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has since edited their “A brief guide to mold and moisture and your home” to exclude their once suggested use of bleach as a means to kill mold. So what actually is mold? Let’s go over the basics to get a better understanding of how it works and how … (5 comments)

 
John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor (INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)

John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA

Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor

The Villages, FL

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