The Importance of Mold Testing

Americans spend most of their time indoors – at home, in school, at work. It is therefore vital that the typical indoor environment be a safe and non-toxic place, free from contaminants that could endanger the health and well-being of the people who live, study and work there.

Mold is a biological contaminant which can cause mild to severe reactions in people who are exposed to it. Although only a small percentage of molds have been identified as toxic, you cannot know the kind of mold in your environment without a laboratory analysis.

Our certified and trained Atlanta home inspectors can conduct a proper mold inspection. A comprehensive mold inspection is done concurrent with an indoor air quality analysis as mold spores can be airborne. Mold can exist in an environment for years without being detected. This is because people’s reactions to the mold can be easily and erroneously attributed to other well-known allergens, such as pollen or dust mites. While these allergens can lead to severe allergic symptoms, they are generally non-toxic.

Molds can not only affect the health of those who are exposed to them (this includes small pets, by the way) they can also cause considerable damage to the structure of a building. Mold can cause rot, the deterioration of insulation materials and unsightly stains on interior surfaces. Because molds needs moisture in order to thrive, their presence indicates a leak or moisture problem. When left undetected, building leaks can compromise the structure and stability of a building, thereby endangering lives and risking the value of the property.

If you have small children, elderly persons or chronically ill people living in a house that you suspect has molds, it is imperative that you have the premises inspected by one of Champia’s experienced and qualified Atlanta building inspectors as soon as possible. Even non-toxic molds can adversely affect the health of people with compromised or developing immune system.

 

 

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