What Is A Mold Assessment
Living or working in a building with mold damage results in increased risk of respiratory disease. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends hiring a mold removal professional if you have mold covering a surface area greater than 10 square feet. If your house has been flooded the odds are the water that entered your home was contaminated with sewage and other hazardous substances. FEMA has put out a publication entitled Cleaning Mold, Mildew and Bacteria which provides a lot of very good information about what to do after your house is been flooded.
If your home has had water penetration other than floods the issue still needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Neglecting these leaks will accelerate a mold problem without exception. As mentioned above if the amount of visible mold is under 10 ft.² you can, if you choose, to deal with this issue yourself. Caution needs to be taken when cleaning up any amount of mold as disturbing mold colonies can scatter mold body parts which can cause health additional problems and even get into your HVAC system.
Mold can be growing and hidden areas showing no visible signs of growth. If you are experiencing musty smells or if occupants are experiencing illnesses that can’t be explained there may be mold growing unnoticed. When conducting a mold assessment Texas Home Auditors will first do a moisture check in all suspected areas and if necessary collect air samples which will be sent off for analysis.