Archive for Mold and Moisture

Penicillium and Aspergillus Mold in Water Damage Buildings

Black mold fungi Aspergillus, which produce aflatoxins and cause pulmonary infection aspergillosis.

Something you will routinely see on lab results for mold air samples is the concentration of Penicillium/Aspergillus spores. This refers to a large group of molds consisting of the Penicillium genus (200+ species), the Aspergillus genus (200+) species and a number of other less common genera.

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Mold in AC Ducts: Should You Be Concerned About Your Indoor Air?

inspecting mold in AC ducts

Depending on the age of the air conditioning system, mold in your ac ducts and air handling unit can at times be present. This should not be a surprise since an air conditioning system is a relatively wet environment.

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Purpose of Mold Sampling During An Inspection

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As part of determining whether an indoor environment is contaminated with excessive amounts of mold and requires remediation, Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) routinely performs both air and surface mold sampling. While there are many types of mold sampling methods, IET has found this approach effective for interpretation in a building.

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Hurricane Flood Damage Cleanup: Performing it Safely | 2019 Season

Hurricane

Major flood damage cleanup after a hurricane disaster is certainly a daunting assignment to take on. The relief efforts can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally.

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Mold Exposure Symptoms: Why Mold Could Be Making You Sick Indoors

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Feeling sick at home or in the office?  While a number of factors can contribute to your health indoors, it’s important to rule out if mold is the reason.  How can you know for sure? Consider what mold exposure symptoms or allergies there are and the possible consequences it could have on a person’s health.

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What is Mold?

What is mold in buildings?

Concern about mold exposure in buildings continues to be a significant issue. The bottom line is that mold has been around for eons and is not going away.  It will grow whenever and wherever buildings get wet and materials suitable for microbial growth are present. So what is mold exactly and its effect on buildings?  This article provides a general overview on this topic.

[Updated 2019 – Originally posted Sept. 5, 2014]

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Smell A Musty Odor In My House: Mold Problem Or Something Else?

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What is that smell? Odors in a home can originate from a variety of sources, including chemicals, bacteria and mold and these odors may vary from mildly sweet to very unpleasant.  Some describe it as a musty odor in their home. Read more

Is a Mold Inspection Necessary Before Remediation?

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Is a mold assessment necessary before removal takes place? If mold is visible in the home, why have it tested? Valid questions.

There are several important reasons why Indoor Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET), and published industry standards may recommend that a mold inspection be necessary prior to starting mold remediation work. In fact, many of the better remediation contractors in Florida will not start a remediation project without a mold protocol in hand. Consider four reasons why:   Read more

What Causes Mold Growth in a House?

What causes mold growth in homes?

The single most important thing to know about mold growth, whether in a house or commercial building, is that excessive moisture is primarily the culprit of what causes mold to grow.  However, below are other factors along with moisture that can contribute to a mold problem.

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Should I Stay Home During Mold Remediation Work?

stay home during mold remediation

As with most things, this is usually possible but by no means always practical or safe. If you are contemplating whether you should stay home during mold remediation work or leave, here are 6 important factors to consider first.

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