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
- 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.
Building Mold Sampling
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 people. http://www.turn-keyenvironmental.com/environmental-investigation-assessment-testing-and-consulting-services/mold