What do Mold Inspectors Look For?
Feeling safe in your own home is a major necessity. This is why you install alarm systems, change the locks and take all sorts of preventive measures so that you can sleep well at night. But what can you do if the danger is not lurking outside, but within your very home? What can you do if you have mold on your walls and it hurts your and your family’s health every single day?
This is where a Kelowna mold inspection comes in. Whether you live in Kelowna, Canada or anywhere else, employing mold inspection services is a crucial thing to do if you want to maintain good health and avoid severe well being issues.
Most Common types of mold and the dangers they pose
There are several types of mold you can have in your house and only a mold expert will be able to spot this problem and offer you solutions. Whether you are planning to buy property, or you already have a house, testing it for mold is not optional.
There are many types of mold (37 kinds that are usually found in houses) with different classes of health hazards, based on the health problems they can produce.
- Hazard Class C
The mold types in this class do not pose a health danger, but they can ruin your house and put a financial stress on your shoulders. Chaetomium globosum and Ulocladium botrytis are types of mold that can be found in kitchen and bathrooms while Wallemia sebi is a fungus that resides in carpets and mattresses. These kinds of mold can cause allergies, but they are not known to be life-threatening. However, a mold inspection will help you detect them and get rid of them before they ruin your beautiful house.
- Hazard Class B
The fungi in hazard class B are known to cause allergic reactions and mild to severe respiratory problems. They can pose a severe danger especially to children and seniors who have weaker immune systems. For example, Cladosporium cladosporioides is known to trigger asthma and can be found in your kitchen or bathroom. Trichoderma spp and Scopulariopsis spp can be found on your wallpapers and, along with other class B types of mold can result in eye irritations, runny nose symptoms, sore throat or rashes.
- Hazard Class A
The fungi and mold types in class A are especially hazardous to health. They can pose severe health issues and require immediate attention. Living in a house where class A mold types exist is the equivalent of sleeping with a time bomb in the room. Some of the molds in class A are Aspergillus fumigatus, which can be found in the kitchen, bathroom or air conditioning systems, Fusarium spp and Stachybotrys chartarum (the black mold), found on the wallpapers, and Aspergillus versicolour, usually seen in basements, mattresses or carpets. These types of mold are extremely dangerous. Aspergillus can cause an inflammation of the lungs (hypersensitivity pneumonitis), Fusarium can result in respiratory infections while the black mold produces toxic compounds that can damage your immune system and even alter your state of mind.
How to fight against mold
The first thing you should do is to get in touch with Lloyd Kenzle and schedule an appointment with him. His vast expertise, attention to detail and in-depth mold knowledge will help you determine if your house is safe or not from this point of view. Even if you can spot the mold by yourself, we still recommend talking to us because you need to assess its type, and you can’t do that by yourself. Also, we know that you want to get rid of it as soon as possible, but you will need to know what you are dealing with and you will also need an expert. Removing mold by yourself can be extremely dangerous because when you disturb them, the fungi will release toxic compounds.
The best thing you can do is call us and schedule a Kelowna home inspector as soon as possible. We will find out exactly what you are dealing with, and you will have all the necessary information to get rid of mold in a safe and efficient way.