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Mold Issues:

Residential Mold Inspections and Sampling

Homeowners and those in the market to buy a home are increasingly concerned about mold contamination.

For this purpose RESA provides specialized Mold Inspections where we inspect the water incursion sites in the home and identify areas suspected of being contaminated.

RESA provides Air and or Surface sampling to identify the type and amount of mold that may exist, and so that decisions can be made based on facts, not fear.

If it becomes necessary, RESA will also develop a strategic plan for dealing with the mold contamination, then project manage the process of clean-up.

RESA's program, including set pricing, specifically describes and limits your costs in advance of any work being done.  This avoids the "Low-Ball" scenario where the remediation contractor starts at one fee, then keeps going and going, meanwhile your costs skyrocket.

RESA's inspectors are certified through ACAC (American Council for Accredited Certification) and have extensive field training!

RESA's first objective to handle the mold issue in each home with careful consideration to the health concerns of the occupants.  Costumer service and satisfaction is our ultimate goal.  

We look forward to providing all your Mold Investigation and Sampling needs!

Residential Mold Investigation and Screening

 What are Molds?

Molds are simple, microscopic organisms, present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors.  Molds, along with mushrooms and yeasts, are fungi and are needed to break down dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment.  For molds to grow and reproduce, they need only moisture and an organic food source, such as leaves, wood, paper.  Because molds grow by digesting the organic material, they gradually destroy whatever they grow on.  Sometimes, new molds grow on old mold colonies.  Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen in the form of discoloration, frequently green, gray, brown, or black but also white and other colors.  Molds release countless tiny, lightweight spores, which travel through the air.

 

How am I exposed to indoor molds?

Everyone is exposed to some mold on a daily basis without evident harm.  It is common to find mold spores in the air inside homes, and most of the airborne spores found indoors come from outdoor sources.  Mold spores primarily cause health problems when they are present in large numbers and people inhale many of them.  This occurs primarily when there is active mold growth within home, office or school where people live or work.   People can also be exposed to mold by touching contaminated materials and by eating contaminated foods. 

 

Can mold become a problem in my home?

Molds will grow and multiply whenever conditions are right, sufficient moisture is available, and organic material is present.  Be on the lookout in your home for common sources of indoor moisture that may lead to mold problems, these conditions may include:

 

                 Flooding

                 Leaky roofs

                 Sprinkler spray hitting the house

                 Plumbing leaks

                 Overflow from sinks or sewers

                 Damp basement or crawl space

                 Steam from shower or cooking

                 Humidifiers

                  

Warping floors and discoloration of walls and ceilings can be indications of moisture problems.  Condensation on windows or walls is also an important indication, but it can sometimes be caused by an indoor combustion problem!  Have fuel-burning appliances routinely inspected by your local utility or a professional heating contractor.

 

Should I be concerned about mold in my home?

Yes, if indoor mold contamination is extensive, it can cause very high and persistent airborne spore exposures.  Persons exposed to high spore levels can become sensitized and develop allergies to the mold or other health problems.  Mold growth can damage your furnishings, such as carpets, sofas and cabinets.  Clothes and shoes in damp closets can become soiled. In time, unchecked mold growth can cause serious damage to the structural elements in your home. 

 

Information Courtesy of California and Arizona Department of Health Services.

 

 

 

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