Mold Inspection and Moisture Intrusion

Moisture intrusion into the interior and plumbing leaks create the ideal environment for mold or mildew. Utilizing Thermal Imaging and Moisture meters, we pin point the source of active water leaks. If you ignore any moisture issues in your home, the mold problem will grow. The more mold there is, the more costly the removal or remediation, so address your mold problem as soon as you suspect you have one.

Mold has a musty odor that is indistinguishable from any other smell. Respiratory and other health ailments have been linked to inhaling mold spores.

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Symptoms of Mold Sickness

The following symptoms are commonly reported with short-term and long-term exposure to mold and bacteria.

Level I: Early Symptoms

• Headaches
• Skin Redness
• Skin Rashes
• Eye Irritation
• Sneezing
• Itching

Level II: Advanced Symptoms

• Breathing Disorders / Coughing
• Ear Infections
• Fatigue
• Chronic Sinusitis
• Chronic Bronchitis
• Pain in Muscles and Joints
• Asthma
• Nausea
• Diarrhea
• Nose Bleeds
• Nervous Disorders
• Heart Palpitations
• Blurred Vision
• Swollen Glands
• Weight Loss/Weight Gain
• Chronic Fatigue
• Loss of Appetite
• Depression
• Open Skin Sores
• Sexual Dysfunction
• Thyroid Conditions

Level III: Late Symptoms

• Blindness
• COPD
• Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
• Histoplasmosis
• Memory Loss (Long Term)
• Bleeding Lungs
• Kidney Failure
• Liver Disease
• Cancer
• Death

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What are Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are produced by mold or fungi. They are highly toxic secondary metabolites and are documented to be "carcinogenic" (cancer causing to human beings). Once inside the human body these toxins do not behave like other poisons and will become intracellular. Some mycotoxins have been known to attach to the mitochondrial DNA and can cause irreversible permanent genetic damage, along with neurological damage, and will cause serious damage to other organs.

What are Mycotoxins

Below is a list of diagnoses of common conditions, or syndromes caused by mold or mycotoxin exposure, regularly misdiagnosed.

• Fibromyalgia
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Skin Rashes / Lesions
• Lupus
• Lyme Disease
• Memory Problems
• Gastro Intestinal Issues
• Inflammation
• Asthma

How Mold Grows

Mold will commonly appear in circular patterns on walls, furniture, clothing, and can come in a variety of colors. If mold is allowed to grow in homes or offices, it can contribute to poor indoor air quality, leading to a variety of adverse health effects in humans and pets.

What We Look For

Mold will generally grow first around any area with water damage. We suggest starting around these areas for initial mold inspection and testing.
Mold Requires 3 Elements for Growth:

1. Moisture. Within 24 to 48 hours of water intrusion, mold can start to colonize. Watch for flooding, leaky pipes, window and door damage, etc.
2. Temperature. Mold spores thrive in temperatures between 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Food Source. Mold spores need food to grow and thrive ie cotton, leather, wood, paper products, dust and other cellulose materials.

Getting The Complete Picture

In an indoor water damaged or mold infested environment there are always other unseen health hazard, such as environmental bacteria, mycotoxins (poisons produced by mold spores), exotoxins poisons produced by environmental bacteria) as well as the mold itself, making it necessary to take additional samples for a complete picture of your environment.

Cross Contamination Risk

If left untreated "Cross Contamination" is unavoidable. Mold travels with the air in your structure and is able to travel wherever the air may go; into furniture, carpets, bedding etc.

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