The Importance of Mold Inspection in Residential and Commercial Buildings
Molds have an important role in the natural environment, but when they grow and exist inside building establishments, they create a negative effect on the air quality inside the building atmosphere, especially with airborne type of mold species, being a source of allergen and can adversely affect the health of the dwellers, who may have allergic reactions to molds, thus, causing them to experience nasal problems, like sneezing or runny nose, and other health reactions, such as coughing, eye irritation or upper respiratory irritation and even as severe as an asthma attack. Water leaking constantly in a building and has not been given immediate remedial action for a long period of time may result into dampness in the indoor environment and the existence of mold growth. Another adverse effect of mold presence inside a building establishment is that they can cause structural damage by decomposing wood and porous materials, drywalls, and even carpeting.
Asbestos Inspection Riverside is a necessary building maintenance procedure to evaluate on the following objectives: check if the building has the presence of molds; identify the kind of mold species inside a building establishment; locate where the mold population is growing; test for the indoor air quality by scientifically measuring the amount of mold spores present in the air; and post-check if molds have been completely removed inside a building.
Mold inspection observes these five steps: interview of occupants or building maintenance caretaker, visual inspection, sampling, sampling analysis, and reporting.
Most of the relevant questions asked by a mold inspector during an interview with the building owner or caretaker are on the following: humidity problems inside the building, mold odor, presence of rook leaks or plumbing leaks, or any visible mold found inside.
As soon as all needed information have been collected and studied, the mold inspector conducts an ocular inspection of the suspected areas where mold presence is existing and specific tools will be helpful during his inspections, such as a borescope to view some wall sections, laser thermometer to check on the surface temperature, moisture meter to find out the moisture presence of the room, hydrometer to determine the amount of humidity in the room, as well as a camera to take shots of a detected mold growth.
The mold inspector proceeds with the third step of taking air samples, outside and inside the building, using a special air collector device that has the design of specifically collecting airborne mold spores and which can, at the same time, provide conclusive results of the spore counts, giving the inspector an idea if the air quality inside the building is of health risk or not.
Once air samples have been collected they are then taken to a professional analyst for determination and analysis for the number of mold spores per cubic meter of air, as well as finding out the specific type of mold found.
The final step is the written report of the inspector presenting photos of the mold growth, spore level and type and his conclusions and recommendations for the removal of the molds. Learn More Here!