Mold Inspection & Removal Billings Montana
The simple answer in Billings: molds are part of the fungi kingdom, similar to yeasts or mushrooms (the antibiotic Penicillin is actually mold.)Mold is a living organism, a part of nature, and even has a beneficial function – it breaks down all of our dead organic matter. Mold reproduces by releasing tiny spores, invisible to the naked eye, into the air. These spores land in moist areas and begin to grow and spread. Mold Testing in Billings While there are hundreds of thousands of varieties of mold, none would exist without the presence of moisture, air, and something to feed on. Since mold will always exist outdoors, it is important to control the one ingredient a homeowner doesn’t need inside the house – moisture.
Mold can grow on rotting wood, grass, weeds, and compost piles. The problem is that it can also grow where you don’t want it to – indoors. It can be found on food or clothing, in bathrooms and attics and damp basements, on carpeting, and even inside the walls of a house. Mold can feed on the wood in the wall, breaking down the materials as it spreads unseen throughout a house. As the mold digests organic material, it continues to spread to find new food sources.
Mold Testing Billings Montana
Spotting mold can be easy if the mold colony is visible. Mold comes in a variety of colors (including white, black, green, gray, brown, and more), bunching as spots or discolorations. If the mold is not visible, someone may not recognize mold is present until it is late in the process. People discover mold when there is physical damage to a structure or an increase in musty smells. Sometimes mold won’t be found until the occupants experience health problems. By then, it may be too late. Whenever a house or building has an overexposure to moisture, it is important to inspect for mold. Moisture overexposure can come from many sources, including:
o Roofs or basements that leak
o Irrigation or fire sprinklers
o Shower or bath water
o Sink or sewer overflow
o Plumbing leaks
WHY SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT MOLD? – Mold Testing Billings Montana
There are two main reasons to worry about the spread of mold in a building. The most important consideration – mold can cause health problems. The second consideration – property damage. a mold remediation company believes mold is coming to the forefront because everyone is learning that mold damage can affect property value.
Why Mold Testing
Mold removal cannot be quoted over the phone. A proper mold inspection is crucial to determine the scope of work that should be written down. How much of the drywall should be removed? Do we need to Ice Blast the mold? What is the best method necessary to remove the mold? What will the teams on site follow? All that is in the scope. The inspection should help understand how the mold growth occurred (what the source of the mold growth was) and how the causes of the mold can be fixed effectively to make sure your indoor environment is returned to a safe and healthy one.
The Mold Testing company you choose will have one of their experienced and trained inspectors perform free visible mold inspection and should also provide you with a free estimate. If needed a third party hygienist, environmentalist will be introduced should the inspector think the scope is unclear or bigger than anticipated. The 3rd party involvement addresses the “conflict of interest” issue since they are not paid for removal, they are paid directly from the customer to detect and scope the problem.
In some cases, mold testing or air sampling will be required to determine if the mold spores have spread to other areas of your indoor environment and to ensure that your indoor air quality is healthy for you and your loved ones. Mold spores are microscopic and without air testing, it is impossible to determine if there are any unwanted mold spores in your indoor air that can’t be seen by the naked eye. The 3rd party industrial hygienist or mold certified expert will be required to perform the testing, sampling, and inspection and then create a detailed report with the scope of work necessary to follow. The 3rd party may also do the testing/inspection on site throughout the mold removal process and upon completion of the mold remediation.