IS MOLD GROWING INSIDE YOUR HOME? MOLD INSPECTIONS

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Home Inspector with INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST HI-80 & MRSA1895

Is there MOLD growing inside your Home Living space?? Need a Mold Inspection, Mold Testing or a Mold Assessment? The Villages, Ocala or Gainesville.

With every breath, we inhale not only life sustaining oxygen but also dust, smoke, chemicals, microorganisms, and other particles and pollutants that float in air. The average individual inhales about 10 cubic meters of air each day, roughly the volume of the inside of an elevator. Because people typically spend so much time indoors, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can greatly affect individuals and, more broadly, the public health and national productivity.

Fungi, especially filamentous fungi called mold, also lower air quality and cause public health problems though not typically as agents of infectious disease. Recently an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report stated that “there is sufficient evidence of an association between the presence of mold and bacteria in damp indoor environments and hypersensitivity pneumonitis” in sensitized persons. The IOM also referred to a possible association between exposure to damp environments, the presence of molds, and an increased risk of lower respiratory tract illnesses in otherwise healthy children. However, 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 often are found along drier areas of water damaged materials. Other molds that require damp buildings where mold and bacteria grow. Occupants of such damp buildings report a variety of additional symptoms, including:


• Headaches
• Nasal congestion and runny nose
• Watery, burning eyes
• Sore throat and hoarseness
• Dry, irritant-type cough
• Tight chest, burning sensation, wheezing, shortness of breath
• Nosebleeds, coughing blood (rare)
• Skin and mucous membrane irritation, rashes
• Exhaustion, severe fatigue
• Memory and cognitive problems Gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting
• Joint and muscle pain
• Fever

For more information regarding Mold Inspections, Mold Assessments or Indoor Air Quality Testing inside your home living space visit us at: 

www.INDOORMICROBIALSPECIALIST.com  we are the Indoor Microbial Specialists. You can contact us at 352-633-3591. Two offices to serve you: The Villages and Gainesville Florida.

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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It wouldn't surprise me if mold is found John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA especially is more humid clients BUT I have seen the existence of mold in places I wouldn't have expected it.

Feb 08, 2020 01:26 PM
John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA
INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST - The Villages, FL
Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor

Airborne spores, High levels of mosture and organic material = colonies of mold growth. If it smells colonies are established.............

Feb 09, 2020 06:16 AM