Mold in the Home
What is Mold?
Molds are fungi. Molds grow throughout the natural and built environment. Tiny particles of mold are present in indoor and outdoor air. In nature, molds help break down dead materials and can be found growing on soil, foods, plant matter, and other items. Molds produce microscopic cells called “spores” which are very tiny and spread easily through the air. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) when they find the right conditions.
What does mold need to grow?
Mold only needs a few simple things to grow and multiply:
- Suitable place to grow
Of these, controlling excess moisture is the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth.
Should I be concerned about mold in my home?
Mold should not be permitted to grow and multiply indoors. When this happens, health problems can occur and building materials, goods and furnishings may be damaged.
Home Inspectors usually conduct two different types of Residential Mold Inspections. Mold Inspections are performed in accordance with the Mold Inspection Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants.
A Complete Mold Inspection Includes:
- Visual examination of the entire building, its systems and components
- Moisture, temperature, and humidity measurements
- Mold samples
A Limited Mold Inspection Includes:
- Visual examination limited to a specific, defined area of the building
- Mold samples