Vero Beach Mold Inspection
Environmental Program – Mold Removal – Bacteria Elimination
Our mold inspection includes both a visual inspection and mold testing.
Our mold inspection begins with a thorough visual inspection of the exterior of the property which includes the land, landscaping, and the physical building itself. We then inspect the interior from the lowest levels of the basement, to the highest levels of the attic. This thorough walk through and cataloging of your property is where our experience and knowledge of building sciences is of critical importance because it helps us identify the source of the problem.
A moisture problem may be obvious, such as excessive humidity, a leaky roof, flooded basement, or a burst water pipe, but our inspections go much deeper. In some cases, the moisture source is not visible and, therefore, must be found with test equipment.
At Vero Mold Remediation, we use the latest and most sophisticated equipment to determine moisture levels and sources of moisture as it may not be apparent to the eye. Air samples are taken outdoors as a baseline for comparison purposes, and indoors at various locations. Surface samples may be taken as well.
These samples are sent to independent laboratories accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. The lab analysis of these samples determines if mold is present, and the levels and types of molds present. A detailed report including the lab analysis is prepared for the client, and recommendations are made as to the next step, if any, and actions the client can take to ensure the property is safeguarded against future water and moisture issues.
Our Primary Goals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Mold:
The Purpose of the EPA is to ensure that all Americans and the environment in which they live are protected from health hazards
The terms mold and mildew are non-technical names used to refer to any fungus that is growing in the indoor environment. Mold colonies may appear cottony, velvety, granular or leathery and may be black, brown, yellow, greenish or other colors. Many reproduce via the production and dispersion of spores. They usually feed on dead organic matter and provided with sufficient moisture, can live off many of the substances found in homes, such as wood, cellulose found in the paper backing on drywall, insulation, wallpaper, glues used to bond carpet to its backing, and everyday dust and dirt.
Certain molds can cause a variety of adverse health problems, including allergic reactions and immune responses (e.g. asthma), infectious disease (e.g. histoplasmosis – infectious disease primarily of the lungs), and toxic effects (e.g. aflatoxin – induces liver cancer). A recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) review found evidence for an association between exposure to mold and the following conditions: upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, wheeze, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and asthma symptoms.