Florida Mold Inspection
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The process of dealing with mold is 3500 years old and can be found within the bible.
LEVITICUS, CHAPTER 14: 39-47
“On the seventh day, the priest shall return to inspect the house. If the mildew has spread on the walls, he is to order that the contaminated stones be torn out and thrown into an unclean place outside of town.
If the mildew reappears in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house is scraped and plastered, it is destructive mildew and the house is unclean. It must be torn down—its stones, timbers, and all the plaster—and taken out of town.”
The key to controlling indoor mold growth is to control indoor moisture and/or humidity.
Controlling indoor moisture and humidity not only keeps mold growth down but also improves occupant health by reducing the spread of viruses, bacteria, and the growth of dust mites.
Mold grows best in humidity levels typically over 45%, with 65% humidity there will be active mold growth. Inside of structures mold will grow where there is elevated moisture, examples are plumbing leaks, roof leaks, penetration leakage around windows, water penetration from flooding, and severe weather conditions.
Whenever there is water penetration as a result of the events described, mold will begin growing within 48-72 hours.
Many times the primary issue regarding mold within the home can be found in the HVAC system, this condition can distribute mold spores throughout the house via the ductwork system.
Florida Mold inspection specialists find it in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, behind cabinets, wallpaper, attics, and crawl spaces.
Mold conditions that will cause health issues can be visible or hidden.
If it is visible the mold growth is often seen as spots, staining, or discoloration and can vary in color, such as white, orange, pink, blue, green, black, or brown, depending upon substrate it is growing on. Mold growth needs a substrate and moisture to start growing.
Mold can begin growing in temperatures as low as 39 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes dormant when conditions, such as lack of moisture or substrate, do not enable growth. Therefore mold has the ability to grow any time of the year.
MOLD PREVENTION TIPS
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- Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
- Watch for condensation and wet spots.
- Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
- Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate, or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture
level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
- Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly not obstructed.
- Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
- Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally, 30 – 50%, if possible.
- Perform regular building/HVAC mold inspection and maintenance as scheduled.
- Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
- Don’t let foundations stay wet
- Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation
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