Mold Inspection and Removal
It’s all around us. Inside or outside mold is everywhere. The right types of mold are essential in our everyday lives. It’s the wrong types of mold that are hazardous to us. There are many species of mold out there in the world. Some of those species are good for us and some are not. Most of the species of mold that are not good for us grow due to some kind of problem. Problems like broken or leaking pipes, water in crawlspaces, leaking roofs etc. Mold or Fungal growth have to have three things to start the growing process. Those three things are: Mold needs a water source, it also needs a food source, and last but not least it needs the right temperature. It takes all three of these things for mold to grow. Mold will not grow on any type of synthetic material. It will grow however on anything natural.
In some cases, indoor mold growth may not be obvious. It is possible that mold may be growing on hidden surfaces, such as the backside of dry wall, wallpaper or paneling; the top of ceiling tiles; or the underside of carpets and pads. Possible locations of hidden mold can include pipe chases and utility tunnels (pipes with condensation or leaking), walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), condensate drain pans inside air handling units, porous thermal or acoustic liners inside ductwork, or roof materials above ceiling tiles(due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
Some building materials, such as dry wall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling, may act as vapor barriers, trapping moisture underneath their surfaces and thereby providing a moist environment where mold can grow. You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems.
For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores from mold growing on the underside of the paper. If you discover hidden mold, it is imperative that you contact a specialist with experience in mold remediation. FTR has extensive experience in water damage and mold remediation in both residential and commercial buildings.