Mold Inspections & Testing-Located in Staten Island, NY-Servicing the 5 boroughs
What We Do:
We collect samples on behalf of the client then forward them to a licensed environmental lab to have the samples analyzed. When Metro Home & Property Inspections receive the results we forward them to the client and will take the time to review it with them. The Mold sampling is arranged though a separate services agreement with the client that is beyond the scope of the Standard Home Inspection as instructed by standards and law.
What Makes Mold Grow In My Home:
Mold can grow anywhere where there's a food source and moisture. It will feed on the oils found on smooth surfaces that haven't been regularly cleaned. All it takes is a moist environment, room temperature conditions and an organic food source for mold to feed, and you may see the signs of mold in just 48hrs.
How Do I Know If there is Mold In My Home:
When molds grow on surfaces, they appear as a discolored patch, such as black stains in your grout, sheetrock, wood, Concrete and any place else, or a red stain on your shower curtain. Whether by smell or by sight, any detection of mold should be viewed as a red flag and an indication that it is time to disinfect.
Where Is Mold Found:
Mold can be anyplace. The highest levels are normally found in places that people overlook such as window sills, refrigerator seals, under the kitchen sink, Air Registers, Entryways, Attics, Bathrooms, under carpets, crawl spaces, (HVAC) heating and Air System, Water Heater Room, garage, Behind Ceiling Tiles, and any moist areas.
How Can I Remove Mold:
Soap and Detergents can remove Mold Stains but do not actually kill Mold, and any mold that is left behind can quickly grow. Regular cleaning with a Bleach-based product like Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover, www.Tilex.com/bathroom-mold, can kill mold and mildew but it has to be used as directede to work properly. Visible Mold on non-porous surfaces such as hard plastic, concrete, glass, metal, should be cleaned with an EPA-registered bleach-based product.
How Can I prevent Mold From Colonizing:
The best way to control indoor Mold is to remove its source. Mold is likely to grow in homes that are damp, have high humidity levels due to daily activities such as showering and cooking, or have cold surfaces onto which moisture can condense. A humid bathroom or a damp basement is effectively a microclimate. First on your list of preventative measures is to clean hard surfaces regularly with Bleach-based products as described above that effectively kill Mold and Mildew.
Tips For Controlling Mold:
Vacuum and clean regularly, do not carpet bathrooms and basements, make sure your home has adequate ventilation, increase the use of exhaust fans in bathroom and kitchen.
Common Causes of Mold:
Leaky Roofs, Plumbing leaks, Flooding, Overflow from sinks, sewers, tubs, and toilets, Damp basement or crawl space, Inadequate venting of steam from shower or cooking, Humidifiers, Wet clothes line-drying indoors, Clothes dryers exhausting doors, Firewood stored indoors, Over-watered houseplants.
Places Where Mold Can Grow:
Carpet, Drapes, Upholstery, Leather, Wood Products, Clothing, Paper, Cardboard, Books, rags, Wallboard, Ceiling Tiles, Ductwork, Paint, Wallpaper, Garbage Disposal
Is Mold Bad For My Health:
Mold Sickness can effect the body in three major ways. The clinical effects of mold and yeast exposure can be divided into three (3) categories: Allergic effects, Infectious effects, Toxicological effects
Are detected through standard allergy tests, or IGE testing. patients usually experience recovery after being removed from the contaminated environment with little to no further complaints. Immunotherapy amy provide desensitization and improve the quality of life for those with mold allergies.
Fungal Infection in the Sinuses, Lungs, On the skin, Finger/Toenails, Fungal localized infection internally, and an Invasive Fungal Infection. Also Yeast Infections such as Oral (Thrush), Vaginal, Skin, Bowels, Systemic Yeast Infection.
Aflatoxicosis (Aflatoxin poisoning) B1, B2, G1, G2, Ochratoxicosis A (Ochratoxin poisoning), Trichothecene poisoning, Citrinin poisoning, Fumonism poisoning, T-2 Toxin poisoning, DON poisoning, Zearalenone poisoning, Production of Reactive Oxidative Stress (ROS), Permanent genetic damage, Damage to, and Demyelination of the nervous system and brain.
Symptoms of Mold Sickness From Exposure:
The three levels of Mold sickness are Levels I, II, & III.
Level 1: Early symptoms of Mold sickness from Exposure are Headaches, Eye irritation, Sneezing, Itching, Skin Redness, Skin Rash.
Level II: Advanced Symptoms of Mold sickness from exposure are Breathing Disorders, Nose Bleeds, Ear Infections, Chronic Sinusitis, Chronic Bronchitis, Pain in the Muscles and Joints, Asthma, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Coughing up blood or Black looking debris, Neurological disorders, Nervous disorders, Heart palpitations, Blurred vision. Swollen Glands, Weight Loss, Chronic Fatigue, Loss of Appetite, Depression, Open Skin Sores or Lesions, Fungal Nails (Hands or Feet), Sexual Dysfunction, Thyroid Conditions
Level III: Advance Systems of Mold Sickness from exposure are Blindness, COPD, Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, Histoplasmosis, Memory Loss (Long-term), Bleeding Lungs, Kidney Failure, Liver Disease, Cancer, Death
If you think you may have Mold in your home don't hesitate to call us so that we have it tested for you. A simple test can prevent you from getting sick. Call us.