What To Do If you Suspect Building Mold

Moisture problems associated with a building often means mold growth.  Health problems linked to mold exposure can be significant and debilitating.  A responsible response to a moisture problem is to not ignore it.  Ignoring it will make the problem worse.   If a moisture problem resulted in extensive mold growth, an environmental investigation with an emphasis on a physical inspection is important.  An experienced environmental professional should be consulted to;

  • Evaluate the building conditions                                                        building mold
  • Recommend remediation methods
  • Supervise proper remediation actions
  • Conduct post-remediation evaluation which may include air testing to ascertain that remediation was completed successfully. 

Sources of Moisture 

Moisture problems can have many sources, these include uncontrolled humidity, roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building, unvented combustion appliances and standing water following a flood are additional sources. 

The Importance of Correcting Underlying Moisture Problems

While mold removal is essential, mold removal without also correcting the underlying water/moisture problem is not effective since the mold will grow back.

The Role of Environmental Professionals

Environmental professionals are able to evaluate a building for mold and the sources of water intrusion or humidity.  Using scientific instruments in addition to a thorough visual inspection is important.  Moisture meters measure the moisture content of surfaces, including walls.  Often moisture is not visible.  A high reading indicates a moisture problem.  In addition, another helpful instrument in mold investigations is the FLIR Ex camera, an instrument that provides infrared-guided measurements on moisture.

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Sampling for mold is important: 

  • If medical symptoms and/or diagnosis are consistent with mold-associated illness
  • To determine the outer boundaries of the mold contamination, important for remediation
  • To verify the effectiveness of the remediation

With the data provided through the investigation, informed decisions can be made for building maintenance and for remediation choices to ensure a safe environment for peoplehttp://www.turn-keyenvironmental.com/environmental-investigation-assessment-testing-and-consulting-services/mold

2 Comments
  1. That makes sense that you would need to fix the moisture issue that is causing the mold to grow. I feel like that would be a good way to make sure that it doesn’t come back after you get rid of it, which would be nice. If I ever have mold start to grow in my house, I’ll have to have someone come to get rid of it as well as inspect the house for water damage.

  2. It really helped when you stated that roof leaks, high humidity, and direct water are all possible causes of mold. The storms have not been kind to our house, as we’ve noticed that there are some moist spots in places like our attic and our basement, and we fear that this may eventually lead to unwanted substances forming in our house. To be absolutely safe, we’ll take your advice and have a residential mold testing service stop by our house and help us figure out what we need to do.

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