Mold Testing

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Mold A Growing Concern

  • Protect your biggest investment
  • Live healthier
  • Because you’re not only buying a home, you’re are also buying the air in it.

 

Did You Know; Most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and are not aware of the health hazards created by mold.

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What is Mold? What is a Mold Spore?

  • Mold eats and destroys normal building materials used in your home when they get wet
  • Mold reproduces and spreads by shedding microscopic mold spores in the air
  • Mold spores travel through the air and we breathe them in sometimes in large enough amounts that may be unhealthy
  • Indoor mold types that can damage your home and health include
  • Aspergillus / Penicillium / Trichoderma

Stachybotrys / Chaetomium / Ulocladium

Cladosporium / Alternaria / Cuvularia

Relative Size Scale of Particles in the Air

  • Mold spores are extremely small and when airborne can be inhaled

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What does mold do when growing in buildings?

  • Ruin building materials
  • Destroy personal possessions
  • Can cause allergies
  • Can trigger asthma

Mold Facts You Need to Know

  • Water is the problem, mold is the result of excess water
  • Mold can grow and produce spores in as little as 24-48 hours
  • Most thrive in temperatures we feel comfortable in
  • Airborne mold can be inhaled
  • Presence of mold growth can impact your health and home


How Can I Be Exposed to Mold?

  • Breathing in spores from the air
  • Skin contact from holding moldy items
  • Eating moldy foods
  • Contact with moldy clothing, carpet, drapes, furniture, fabric and leather


Heath Effects of Mold Exposures

  • Allergic Reaction (Most Common)
    Caused by inhalation or direct contact with mold
  • Asthma (Second Most common)
    Mold spores can trigger an attack and make asthma worse
  • Hypersensitivity
    Developed after acute or chronic exposure
  • Opportunistic Infections
    Cause disease in rare circumstances

RED FLAGS: When and Where to Test. If you answer YES to any of the following questions, it is recommended to Test.

  • Have you had recent indoor water event?
  • 50% of all new homes have been water compromised (even brand new homes)
    Common causes
    Recent severe storm (wind and rain)

Construction defects

Poor filtration in HVAC

Plumbing problems

Improper insulation, ventilation or grading

Basement floods or leaks

Roofs / ceiling leaks

Presence of items that are damaged by water

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Any substance growing that looks

  • Velvety
  • Slimy
  • White
  • Black
  • Green
  • Pink
  • Smelly
  • Discolouration

Where to Check for Visible Mold

  • Bathroom
    Around the bathtub or shower
  • Around and Under the sink
  • Under and behind the toilet
  • Kitchen
    Around and under the sink
  • Behind and Under the refrigerator
  • Floors, wall cavities and ceilings directly above or below a kitchen or bathroom
  • Attic and Basement Spaces
  • Laundry area
  • Around Water Heater
  • Around and inside AC unit and Vents
  • Garage (Especially when directly attached to entrance of home)
  • Clothing
  • Carpet and Rugs
  • Behind vinyl wall coverings
  • Surface walls behind furniture

Places You Might Not have Checked (Place gallery pictures)

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  • Exposure to mold is known to cause:
    Itching or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or skin

Burning sensation on skin or rashes

Sinus infections or congestion (runny nose)

Musty odours

Respiratory problems (sneezing or coughing)

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Changes in breathing patterns

Fatigue

Why You Should Test?

  • To answer the question “Do I have a hidden mold growing in my home?”
  • To know what kind of mold you have
  • To avoid unseen potential health risks
  • To maintain the healthy state of your home
  • To solve building defects such as dry rot, warping and deterioration of your home
  • To avoid future expense of a massive remediation
  • Peace of mind when buying or selling a house

Mold testing Made Simple

  • WestPro Inspector has been trained and educated by PRO-LAB to collect the appropriate samples
  • Your home inspector will take one air sample per 1000 square feet, including a control sample outside
  • Your home inspector will also collect a swab or tape sample (if necessary) from any visible mold growth
  • You will get a quick and accurate results
  • You do not have to do anything; your home inspector will take care of everything for you

Conclusion

  • Protect your property and possessions
  • Identify the RED FLAGS that can indicate a water problem
  • The value of testing is that it identifies and determines the cause of a mold problem
  • Testing is the first step in correction of a mold problem
  • Be proactive and find problems before they get large and expensive
  • Mold testing is not a real estate deal breaker- it can be cleaned