Molds are part of the natural environment.
Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Surface sampling may be useful to determine what types of mold are present in a visible mold outbreak. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.
Alert Inspection Services uses a nationally recognized and accredited laboratory located in Pompano Beach, FL. Our inspectors have received training in sampling methods and equipment, and we participate in ongoing training.
The average cost of a mold inspection is $250, the peace of mind it could provide is priceless.