Mold is perhaps one of the most common of all the indoor air contaminants. Mold can come in many forms and unfortunately due to the very microscopic nature of it, mold cannot be viewed by the naked eye unless there is an accumulation of it in an area.
Once it is inhaled it can cause many respiratory problems and allergic reactions or may exacerbate a pre-existing condition such as allergies or asthma. Mold is particularly dangerous to newborns and infants because their immune systems have not been fully developed. There are even some molds that are actually toxic because they produce what are called mycotoxins and when humans and some animals are exposed to mycotoxins it can be extremely dangerous. Health problems that can occur are neurological and in some instances, death has been reported. This is why it is so very important to get a mold inspection in Miami on a home that individuals are considering purchasing or a home that you currently live in and there have been issues with water damage.
Mold can grow on virtually any substance especially where there is a proliferation of moisture. Mold spores are airborne and when they eventually land on a wet surface, more mold will grow. A lot of times mold can hide behind walls or in drywall or in attics, basements, and ceilings. Places that may not be visible to the naked eye or by a trained professional. This is why it is so important, for the health of your family that you have mold testing done by a trained and qualified professional. He or she will typically perform a visual assessment in order to determine if any mold is present. This step is usually non-intrusive.
Next, the professional will gather a sample in order to assess what type of micro-organisms are living in the mold, and if the mold is toxic or not. Generally, if you already live in the home, sampling is not necessary unless a member of the home is symptomatic, meaning they are displaying symptoms of mold allergies. The professional may perform air sampling, surface samples, and bulk samples.
The third step is mold remediation and this is basically the clean-up of the mold and any contaminated areas with some type of anti-fungal agent or detergent. Last, is the mold removal and this includes is critically important because the mold properties that can cause health problems in humans are still present in dead mold. Mold removal includes eliminating the mold and any contaminated materials.
Again, mold is a very nasty problem that can potentially be lethal if not addressed promptly. A mold inspection is critical for the health of your family.