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Mold Inspections for Birmingham Homes and Businesses
Mold is a part of nature. It serves a function. In the outdoor environment, mold works to break down dead organic matter like fallen leaves. It helps return that matter to the soil. However, in the indoor environment, mold can pose a health risk. Mold reproduces by releasing spores into the air. High concentrations of certain mold spores are a health risk for us and our pets. There are many ways to mitigate indoor mold. Mold requires humidity to spread, which makes it a challenge for us here in the southeast with our hot, humid summers. So, if you think you have a mold problem in your home, you should have it tested immediately. We offer mold inspections for Birmingham homes and businesses in addition to our traditional home inspection services.
What are Common Causes of Indoor Mold Problems ?
Most common building materials are capable of sustaining mold given the right environmental conditions. If everything in functioning properly in your home, there is usually not enough moisture for mold levels to become a problem. However, there are several things to look out for that could contribute to mold problems. Typically, water or humidity due to one of the following conditions is the root cause:
- Plumbing problems
- Leaky roofs
- Incomplete drying of floors
- Inadequate crawlspace ventilation
- Missing sub-slab vapor barr
How to Check for Mold ?
While some conditions like leaky pipes or condensation on windows might be easy enough to spot, mold problems are not always visible. You can’t just rely on a visual inspection. If you suspect mold, you need to perform a proper test. Mold can grow inside walls near leaky pipes or in HVAC ducts or other places impossible for you to see. So, in addition to a visual inspection, we need to perform testing by taking an air sample. We will be able to identify if you have a mold problem and compare it to baseline levels from the outside air in your area. If you think there may be a problem, contact a Birmingham mold inspection team to have an air sample analysis performed.