Molds are a type of fungi that grow in the form of multicellular hyphae. There are thousands of species of mold; many of which are common both indoors and outdoors. Molds reproduce via tiny spores, which are invisible to the naked eye and float within indoor and outdoor air. Whether indoors or out, mold growth is always associated with moisture; therefore, mold growth within a home or other building commonly occurs in association with a pipe or roof leak, poorly ventilated rooms, steam filled rooms, etc. With the help of a home mold inspector, this is possible to avoid.
The presence of mold can cause health problems through production of allergens, irritants, and toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Inhaling or touching mold spores has been found to cause the following allergic reactions, which can be immediate or delayed after exposure: sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin rash, etc. Mold exposure also may cause irritation to the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both individuals who are allergic to mold and who are not allergic. Exposure to mold mycotoxins, such as Stachybotrys chartarum (aka black mold), reportedly can lead to neurological problems and even death. A professional is necessary to find this early and get mold testing.
Guzi-West’s founding Principal, Mr. Steve West, has over 26 years of experience in general contracting. His intimate knowledge of building systems has proven to be especially valuable in evaluating potential sources of mold and, more importantly at times, providing solutions to the moisture source/s causing the mold problems in the first place. The Guzi-West team has two individuals as Certified Mold Inspectors on staff and we utilize cutting edge tools to investigate mold growth within wall cavities, unexpected areas of moisture, air contamination issues, etc.
We have a very pragmatic approach to assessing mold issues and mold testing; it’s important to know that mold grows everywhere and virtually all homes (regardless of how well maintained they are) will have some mold growth present and mold spores in the air. It’s critical to look at the issue as a whole and not only rely on the investigation, or air sample results, but to look at the whole picture. The links below can help you determine if your mold problem is a significant issue that requires remediation by a professional abatement/restoration company, or if it can be handled by simple cleaning, minor abatement, etc.