Christopher Nolen & Associates, LLC 
A Licensed and Insured
Home and Mold Inspection Services Company
LHI # 10754

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Mold Inspection Info

 

                             MOLD INSPECTION SERVICES

I added mold inspection to the services I offer my clients in 2011. As a graduate of SEMI, Southeastern Mold Institute, I have a deep and thorough understanding of various types of molds and the consequences of these substances with prolonged exposure in your home. I use various methods of testing, ranging from air samples to tape samples, which are then sent for lab analysis. I take pride in the inspection I provide to my clients and guarantee a job well done. Your satisfaction and the health of your family is my number one priority when performing these types of inspections. 

    GENERAL MOLD INFORMATION

Molds are but one type of fungi that exist in nearly every location across the globe.
The purpose of fungi is to break down organic material and recycle them for future use by plants and animals.The family of fungi includes mildews, yeasts, large mushrooms,and mold. Fungi require organic materials in order to form and expand.

When damp conditions are present, mold is able to grow on such diverse materials as wood, carpet, insulation, cloth, and all types of food. Mold thrives in damp, moist, or wet surroundings, frequently in areas where humans exist. Molds typically reproduce through their spores that are released into the air and land on moist, organic materials. The spores then germinate and begin expanding out in elaborate networks. The factors that determine the rate of this growth include     amount of moisture, type of food or organic material, temperature, and many others.

Humans often come in contact with molds in moist areas in or around their homes or when mold spores become airborne. These airborne mold spores can come into contact with humans either through the skin or when ingested. Molds affect four types of people more readily than anyone else; babies and infants, elderly, people with compromised immune systems and anyone with open wounds.

If the mold spores are "toxic", they can adversely affect the health of humans. The effect on humans will depend on the type of mold involved, the metabolic byproduct of the mold, as well as how much contact there is and the length of exposure, as well as the level of susceptibility of the human victim. This last factor is important for children who can be affected much more easily than adults.

The ill effects of molds generally break down into 4 categories that include allergies, infections, irritations, and toxicities.



MOLD CONCERNS

You should be concerned about mold related issues if:

  • You are the buyer or seller of real estate
  • Your home has sustained water damage or suffers from water leaks or excessive moisture
  • You have allergies, asthma, sinus problems or unexplained health ailments
  • You have elderly or infants in the home
  • Your children have respiratory concerns
  • You smell musty smells throughout the home
  • You see any signs of visible mold growth in your home
  • Your home has active air conditioning leaks
  • Your home has suffered from a roof, basement or plumbing leak
 

    HEALTH CONCERNS AND MOLD

Excessive concentrations of indoor mold growth can lead to a variety of health problems.

If you, a family member, or friend is experiencing any of the following symptoms,
you could have an indoor mold problem and needs to be remediated immediately.

Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath

Nasal and sinus congestion

Eye irritation (burning, watery, or reddened eyes)

Dry, hacking cough

Nose or throat irritation

Skin rashes or irritations

Headaches, memory problems, mood swings, nosebleeds,
body aches and pains, and fevers have occasionally been reported in cases of exposure

"An estimated 37 million people in the United States suffer from
chronic sinusitis. Our studies indicate that, in fact, fungus is likely the
cause of nearly all of these problems." -1999 Study by the Mayo Clinic



 THE MOLD INSPECTION PROCESS

Phase I: Questionnaire:

Our inspections can be broken down into six basic phases. One very important step in properly diagnosing a potential mold or indoor air quality problem is always to inquire by phone and in person of any current or past problem conditions, such as but not limited to the following: humidity or condensation problems, moldy odors, past or present roof leaks, air conditioning leaks, plumbing leaks, or any visible mold observed.

Phase II: Visual Inspection:

During the investigation, we will do a complete visual inspection of all accessible areas of your home or commercial property, locate potential water penetration and other problem conditions, and search for any visible evidence of mold growth throughout the habitable areas of the property during this inspection. If necessary, devices - such as moisture meters (for detecting moisture), hydrometers (for measurement of indoor humidity), borescopes (for viewing inside some sections of walls) and laser thermometers (for checking surface temperatures and the operation of A/C units) - may be used during an inspection. Digital photographs may also be taken to document your particular conditions.

Phase III:Sampling:

On some occasions evidence of a problem condition cannot be visually seen, but must be detected instead by taking air samples for analysis. Typically, air samples are taken of the outdoor and indoor air by using a Zefon pump, Air-O-Cell's, or Micro 5 Spore traps for spore collecting. This is done to determine if mold spore counts filtered from the indoor air are unusually high in comparison to the mold spore count filtered from the air just outside your property. It also indicates types of mold at the property. This is a typical and basic test that is often done as part of a professional mold inspection routine. Other types of mold sampling may be required, depending on visible conditions, may include but are not limited to the following: viable spore sampling using an Andersen Impactor Plate, mold spore sampling of carpet by utilizing a carpet cassette, surface-lifted samples of actual mold using samples of mold scraped directly from building material surfaces, surface samples obtained with the aid of swabs and/or simple, clear tape and bulk samples taken by cutting away actual small samples of building materials contaminated with mold. Your mold inspector will have at his disposal professional mold inspection tools such as: Borescope, Zefon sampler, Air-O-cell spore traps, Micro 5 spore traps, Swabs, Bio tape and more.

Phase IV: Sample Analysis:

It is crucial that a professional trained micro biologist be used for analysis of any mold or mold spore samples obtained at the property. Test samples collected are analyzed by an independent laboratory, EMSL located in Baton Rouge, LA. A mold inspection report is provided by the lab which supplies information on the number of spores per cubic meter of air and the specific types of molds found. These accurate measures are necessary for the remediation process to occur.

Phase V: Reporting:

A written report of the inspectors findings, including color digital photos, spore levels and types, and the laboratorys final conclusions and recommendations will be delivered to you as one final comprehensive report. Only when a professional inspector has reported the locations and severity of your mold problem, and cited the reason for, and solutions to the infestation, can you know what you are up against. Occasionally, mold is found that constitutes a problem for you and your family's health and these problems must be dealt with before they get worse.


Phase VI:
Remediation and Clearance:

We are certified mold inspectors, our primary business goals are to provide you with mold inspection and mold testing services as well as advice concerning remediation. Once the remediation is completed, the final step is to obtain a clearance test from the inspector. The clearance test will provide you with the knowledge that the remediation was successful and acceptable levels of mold have been obtained.

There is NO guarantee in mold inspection or remediation. Mold can be hidden in the most unlikely of places and sometimes remediators are not able to clear entire areas. Remediation should result in acceptable living levels of mold.
Companies that offer both inspection and remediation have a conflict of interest, and therefore you should find a company that does one or the other, but not both.


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