Indoor Air Quality

Mold affects each individual differently.  Some people are much more sensitive to mold then others.  Exposure to mold can cause symptoms similar to the common cold and consist of nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing or sometimes even skin irritation.  Not all mold is the same and  certain measures should be taken depending on the size of the area impacted by fungal contamination.

The Standard an Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation written by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification states that there are three conditions associated with mold remediation.

Condition 1 refers to normal fungal ecology.

Condition 2 refers to areas that do not have evidence of visual fungal growth but are impacted by airborne spore deposition.

Condition 3 refers to areas with visible fungal growth.

Excessive moisture in the home is a major cause of mold. Water from a leaky basement, moisture from showers, and condensation caused by the differences in indoor and outdoor temperature are only a few causes of increased moisture in the home. Controlling moisture is the key to controlling mold growth.

Mold can be found in all areas of the house depending upon the conditions. Most commonly, mold is found in attics, foundation walls, and other exterior walls where the one side of the surface is colder than the other.  Other water events such as burst pipes, inoperable sump pumps and failed hot water heaters can also attribute to the mold growth.

Unlike radon, the EPA has not yet set standards or threshold for airborne mold concentrations.