Mold: Your Questions Answered

Mold: Your Questions Answered

With real estate sales at a three year high, it seems as if mold has become a central topic when it comes to our indoor environment. It's easy to forget that mold has been around for thousands of years, floating around in the air like pollen.

Today, our homes and structures are built to be extremely energy efficient; and while this has advantages, these environments don't circulate air well. Stagnant air leads to high moisture levels, perfect for mold growth.

Ever since mold oozed into the public consciousness, it has remained a hot topic. We handle calls from concerned homeowners and property managers across the country, every day. To shed light on mold "mania" and address the most frequently discussed concerns from customers; we consulted our communication log. Here are some excerpts showing the questions, answers, and explanations from the most recent and common calls, emails and chats:

Your Question Our Answer The Bottom Line
What is mold? Mold is a fungus that can be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold grows best in warm, damp, and humid conditions and spreads by making spores. However, mold spores can survive in harsh environmental conditions, even dry or cold conditions, which is why you might find mold on your refrigerator door. No one knows how many species of mold fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more.
What are some common types of indoor mold?
  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus
If you find mold and are concerned, we can conduct mold testing to identify the type and amount present. Depending on your needs and the situation, we can take swab samples or air-o-cell tests, which are both analyzed by independent testing laboratories. Or, we can refer you to an independent laboratory for third party testing.
My property owner/management will not respond/take responsibility for the mold growth within my home. What can I do? If you feel your property owner, landlord, or builder has not been responsive to concerns you've expressed regarding mold or mildew exposure, you can contact your local board of health or housing authority. Applicable codes, insurance, inspection, legal, and similar issues about mold generally fall under state and local (not federal) jurisdiction. You can also contact your county or state health department about mold issues in your area to learn about what mold assessment and remediation services they offer. You can find information on your state's Indoor Air Quality program at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What is a mold specialist? Do I have to find a certified one? Mold inspections should be performed by a qualified mold specialist who has formal training and experience with mold detection; and will use a variety of techniques to look for mold and mildew, identify the types of mold present and offer suggestions for cleaning mold or removing mildew. We are certified by MICRO, the Mold Inspection, Consulting and Remediation Organization. Our owners and technicians are professionally trained, with certifications as both a Certified Mold Inspector (CMI) and a Certified Mold Remediation Contractor (CMRC).
Are there different types of mold remediation? When removing mold, all work is performed to the same industry standards, regardless of the type of mold. The location of the mold growth, however, may determine the removal methodology. Commercial mold removal for example, may require additional considerations for building operations and occupant restrictions that a remediator may not encounter on a residential project.

If you're looking for a 'bottom line' response to your mold questions, contact AdvantaClean online or call our Toll Free Customer Care line at 877-800-2382 and we'll be happy to help.