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Most frequent questions and answers

Mold can be dangerous. There are many factors and degrees of risks involved like: the concentration levels, the type of mold strains, your immune system/health, whether you are allergic to certain mold kinds, etc.

The answer to this question is not that simple. Sometimes mold is easily seen growing in walls, carpets, floors, etc, but sometimes it is not that obvious. Mold feeds with water or humidity, so if water or humidity is not seen, there could be mold growth. Typical areas are: inside walls, behind cabinets/vanities, under pipes, behind HVAC systems, etc. If you have a musty smell, most likely there is mold growing. You should always hire a certified mold inspector to verify the location, type of mold, concentration and toxicity levels.

There are many health problems related to mold like: runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches, sore throat, sinus infections, asthma, pneumonia. These are the most common, but it could be very bad for infants and elderly who’s immune system is weaker. Mold is also bad for people with respiratory problems like emphysema and asthma.

Black mold is a term used in the industry for certain mold strains like Stachybotrys and Chaetomium. There are many other species and classifications. Black mold, even in low concentration levels, can be very dangerous to your health. Keep in mind that other mold colonies have lower toxicity levels, but in high concentrations is equally dangerous to you.

The answer is yes and no. Bleach should only be used in hard surfaces that are non-organic. For example: stone and concrete. Bleach should never be used in organic materials like: wood and drywall.

Anyone can test for mold in their own property, but only if you know what you are doing. You should NEVER pay anyone that is not licensed to perform a mold assessment. Home inspectors are NOT allowed to test for mold, unless they are properly licensed or work under a licensed mold assessor. Please note that Florida is a licensed state.

1. You must control moisture and humidity to avoid mold growth. Mold cannot feed without moisture.
2. Leaks, condensation, high humidity and a flood are the 4 main causes for mold growth.
3. If you suspect there is mold growing, I suggest getting it tested as soon as possible so that mold doesn’t continue multiplying.
4. Make sure there is enough ventilation in your property.
5. If you live in a hot climate, make sure you never turn off the HVAC
6. Humidity levels inside the home should be under 60%. Mold can start growing in higher levels.