Hunt’s Construction performs mold inspections and mold testing. Please call us at 308-532-3546 for pricing. Our tests are typically back within 3-5 business days and include spore count and species present.
Why should you care what type of mold is present?
Because hazardous mold should be found in its entirety (if possible) and killed to prevent health issues. If your mold test comes back favorable then killing the visible mold is acceptable.
What is mold?
Molds are microscopic fungi. Mold can attack materials in a house or building such as fiberboard, drywall, carpet backing, paper, dust, wood, or exposed soils in crawlspaces. Many people consider mold an inconvenience in a wet basement of poorly ventilated bathroom. But molds can be much more than just an inconvenience – they can affect your health and the structural integrity of your home.
Why is mold hazardous?
Molds use tiny spores to reproduce. Spores that become airborne can be hard to filter out and may stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. The spores can be easily inhaled, which can lead to the following symptoms: coughing and/or wheezing; runny nose/sinus problems; skin rashes if touched; and other immune responses after long-term exposure. A few mold species are capable of producing toxins if conditions are right. People vary in their sensitivity to the concentration of spores in the air. People with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable, but even healthy people can experience reactions.
Is there mold in my house?
For mold to grow, it needs an organic food source (skin cells, soil, fibers, hair, etc), oxygen and humidity/moisture. Since there are usually plenty of organic food sources present in a home, the presence of moisture determines where mold will grow. If you can see visible mold growth or smell musty odors, then you may have mold growing in your home. Mold can grow in-between wall cavities from leaking pipes or from a leaking roof. Sometimes mold is present that cannot be readily seen.
Should I test for mold?
It is a myth that mold testing is expensive. Mold testing is more affordable than medical issues with seemingly no explanation of cause. Mold testing is more affordable than tearing out a lot of compromised construction in your home.
How do I kill mold?
The worst thing a homeowner can do is put a fan on the wet area . . . you are spreading mold spores!
The first step in killing mold is to remove the moisture source. There are several do-it-yourself methods to kill mold on the Internet and for reasons of brevity and legality, we will not be recommending any of them . . . Google away should you like. We will explain how we kill mold though. After removing the moisture source, we attack the mold’s oxygen. We also attack the mold’s living functions – the hyphae and mycelium. Contaminated porous material will be destroyed while non-porous material can be cleaned. Finally, we apply an antimicrobial treatment as our last step which prevents future growth.
Can you guarantee I won’t have mold again?
The short answer is, ‘no’. No one can give you that guarantee. Read further for the longer answer.
Whether or not you experience future mold growth depends largely on how you manage and maintain your property. Our responsibility as a remediation contractor must be limited to things that we can control. Our services are intended to add to your knowledge of the building and help you understand the risk of owning it. Our services are not intended to and cannot eliminate the risk of ownership. We help you assess these risks; we do not assume them for you. New deficiencies can develop in buildings at any time, especially in buildings which may lie vacant.
How can I prevent mold?
Checking your home or building for evidence of water damage and visible mold is the best preventative action. Mold takes time to grow and the sooner that moisture is found and eliminated the lower the chances of mold growth. Foundation cracks should be addressed and sealed. Poor ventilation issues should be remedied. Pipe leaks and roof leaks should be fixed. Remember, mold needs 3 things to grow – an organic food source, oxygen and moisture/humidity.