Expert Mold Testing & Inspection
We have spent years perfecting the mold diagnostics and testing process.
We know that each case is different and deserves individualized care. IICRC certified inspectors and technicians will complete an inspection while noting any areas of concern related to existing mold, water intrusion, visible leaks, and even excess moisture.
We use highly precise equipment to test both air and surface conditions. In the typical residential setting, 1 to 4 samples are taken depending on the building size, areas of concern and the surface being tested. If mold is detected, a detailed protocol for full restoration can be submitted for approval. Test results usually become available within 3 to 5 business days, however a rush analysis is available for an additional charge.
- Florida Licensed General Contractor CGC1519836
- Florida Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA55
- Florida Licensed Mold Remediator MRSR789
Common Types of Mold
There are many different types of mold often found in and around the home. When thinking of mold many people often think of Stachybotrys Chartarum, commonly referred to as black mold. This type of mold can be extremely harmful. The toxins it produces cause serious health problems such as allergic reactions, breathing conditions, sinus infections, asthma attacks, fatigue and even depression. Even though black mold is one of the most dangerous, there are many other common types of mold that can be just as serious. Common types of mold that pose a risk to your health include:
- Serpula lacrymans
Common Signs of Mold
There are three common signs to look out for that reveal mold is likely present.
- Visible Mold: Spotting mold is an easy way to know for sure that you have mold growing. Often mold is present and not able to be seen. The danger with visible mold is that there is likely much more of it underneath the surface that you cannot see. If you spot mold, it is best to do something about it as soon as possible to prevent further growth.
- Humidity & Condensation: High levels of humidity or the presence of condensation are signs that mold may be present. Mold tends to thrive in humid areas and can even live off the humid air. If your home has suffered any water damage, it is best to make sure the humidity levels in the space remain low to prevent mold growth. Condensation buildup is an indication that an area may be too humid.
- Moldy Smell: If there are no visible signs of mold, you may still be able to smell it. An unusual stale smell is an indication that mold is present. If the smell intensifies while running the heat or air conditioning, it could mean that the mold is growing within your air ventilation system. Do not ignore a new strange smell as it could be a sign that dangerous mold is growing in a place you would never see.
What Causes Mold?
There are certain requirements that must be met for mold to grow within a home. For mold to grow there must be: a surface to grow on, darkness, warm temperatures, oxygen, moisture and time.
Every home usually contains each of those requirements except one: moisture. Moisture is the key that determines whether mold will grow in your home or not. This can be anything from flooding, a broken pipe or even just high humidity levels. Sources of moisture within a home typically related to mold growth are: humidity, condensation, leaking pipes, roof leaks, flooding, a damp basement, water buildup near the foundation and even wet clothes. Poor ventilation is also associated with mold growth.
Contact TCB EnviroCorp today for a consultation to see if you are susceptible to mold and learn about testing and treatment options for living a mold-free life.