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The simplest way to find mold is to follow your nose. Mold has a peculiar smell that many people are very sensitive to. If you can smell or see mold, it's then a matter of how much and what kind.
If you can't smell or see mold, the next step would be to identify if you have the correct conditions for mold growth. Have there been any water leaks that you know of? Mold needs three things to grow, the right temperature, a food source, and water. Most structures provide the right temperature and plentiful food, so when water is added mold growth can begin within 24-48 hours.
If you can't smell or see mold, and your don't know of any water intrusions, occupant symptoms may help identify the presence of mold. Mold allergy symptoms are similar to many other kinds or allergy and irritant symptoms - so it's only an indicator of potential sources. Many people report symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness and nausea and in some cases rashes. Seasonal allergies and volatile organic compound (VOC) exposure can mimic the symptoms of mold exposure.
Mold and IAQ investigations are limited to both a specific time frame and to the conditions apparent during the investigation. Mold is a living organism that goes through growth cycles. The investigation might not detect or locate all growth sites.
The purpose of the investigation is build a snapshot of the conditions with regard to moisture control, building material moisture content and the potential for fungal growth, while identifying any growth that is already present.
Our standard Mold and IAQ Visual Inspection is a snapshot of the following:
Should the Mold and IAQ Visual Inspection provide reason for further investigation, our sampling and testing capabilities are as follows:
After mold or IAQ remediation work has been completed, control samples are taken from outside the structure and from inside the structure away from the work area to provide a baseline air quality comparison. Samples taken from inside the work area are compared to the control samples.