Mold Testing & Inspection

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Seeking peace of mind or clarity on the specific mold types within your indoor space? Environmental Testing Agency offers detailed analyses of present mold ecologies, providing you with not only an identification but also a quantification to gauge the levels in the ambient air. For individuals with sensitivities, our reports can assist allergy specialists in determining if you are reacting to any fungal species identified in our samples. Notably, a sensitivity to penicillin can contribute to discomfort in environments with high levels of Penicillium.

What is Mold?

Mold is omnipresent; there isn’t an indoor environment devoid of it. Yet, mold requires excessive moisture to thrive—therefore, signs of mold often point to underlying moisture issues. These organisms, classified as fungi, typically possess thread-like structures and propagate through spore production. While spores can be unicellular or multicellular, they are predominantly spherical or oval and range in size and color. In moisture-compromised buildings, it’s common to encounter fifty to one hundred different mold varieties thriving indoors.

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 Mold Pollution: Things to keep in mind

Mold pollution refers to the unchecked proliferation of fungi within a building, leading to detrimental effects on both the structure’s integrity and the health of its occupants. It is estimated that approximately ten percent of buildings in the United States may be afflicted by this issue.

The root cause of mold pollution is typically related to water intrusion, which can stem from roof leaks, plumbing issues, condensation, or flooding incidents. Materials like wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, and carpets, when exposed to moisture, become fertile grounds for mold. The nature of the material and the extent of moisture exposure greatly influence the type of fungi that will develop. Emphasizing moisture control is essential for mitigating mold growth and its subsequent impact on both the structural soundness of buildings and the well-being of their inhabitants.

Mold Inspection: Control and Prevention

The best way to control dampness and mold indoors is to control the sources of moisture. Preventing the problem from developing as well as fixing new problems quickly is key.
Here are some important steps to keep in consideration:

  • Keep indoor humidity levels below 50 percent.
  • Fix all leaks.
  • Increase air movement and ventilation.
  • Run exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen to reduce moisture.
  • Keep appliance drip pans clean.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean places where fungi are likely to grow.
  • Hire a mold inspection service

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Homes and Buildings

Mold exists everywhere; there are no indoor spaces where you can not find it. However, without sufficient moisture, it cannot grow, so a specific sign of mold growth is the presence of too much moisture.

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Mold and Health Impact

Dampness may show up as visible moisture, like leaks, or as high humidity. Dampness in homes or buildings creates the environment for mold spores to grow. Dampness can cause harm even when mold is not present. Excessive moisture also promotes the growth of dust mites, cockroaches, bacteria, and viruses, which can impact health.

Exposure to mold can trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms in people who are allergic. However, even without the bacteria, dampness indoors causes asthma attacks and other upper and lower respiratory problems. Anyone with or without allergies may experience irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs when exposed to airborne fungi particles. An uncommon disease known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis has been associated with exposure to indoor mold in people who have weakened immune systems.

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Solving Issues

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Identify and eliminate the water problem: The most critical step is to identify and eliminate the source of the water that is creating a damp environment.

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Determine the extent of the problem: Calling for professional help to clean any mold growth that covers more than 10 square feet is imperative.

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Remove, clean, or discard affected materials: To get rid of mold, wash it off materials that can be effectively cleaned, such as hard surfaces. Use detergent and warm water and dry the surface completely.

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Protect occupants and workers: Wear an N-95 mask (available at hardware stores), disposable gloves, and goggles.

An Environmental Testing Agency That Really Works…

We are a premier mold and air quality testing company serving Florida; we are ensuring the safety and well-being of your property and its occupants.

ETA’s team of certified experts utilizes cutting-edge technology and follows industry best practices to provide accurate mold identification, air quality assessments, and tailored remediation solutions.

We Serve the Entire State of Florida!

Call us today for a free consultation (954) 388-9633

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MOLD FAQ

The term mold is the non-technical name that refers to any growing fungus.

Identify and eliminate the water problem, Remove,Determine the extent of the problem, clean, or discard affected materials

Keep all doors and windows closed for a period of two hours before any testing begins. Turn off air purification machines for twenty-four hours before the appointment. Turn off HVAC/central heating systems for a minimum of two hours before testing

Sneezing. Runny or stuffy nose. Cough and postnasal drip.

Odor – you smell something but just can’t see anything. You don’t feel good when your home and you feel better when your away. Constantly itchy nose, red eyes and sneezing.

Mold is a serious problem, and spotting mold contamination before it grows out of control can save you thousands of dollars.

Mold testing is highly reliable and extremely accurate

When moisture problems or water damage occur mold can grow within 24 – 48 hours. Since molds can digest most things, water is the factor that limits mold growth. Molds will often grow in damp or wet areas indoors.

It is impossible to completely eliminate all mold spores indoors. Mold will always be found floating in the air and in house dust. Indoor mold growth can be prevented by controlling water and moisture in indoors.

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