Mold can look bad, smell bad, and affect the structural integrity of your Lake Norman home. Mold Testing will help ensure that your home and family are cared for.
Kulumo Home Inspection Services Lake Norman offers professional Mold and Indoor Air Quality Testing services. Kulumo Home Inspection Services Lake Norman is located in Cornelius, serves a 50 mile radius and is licensed for both North Carolina and South Carolina.
We use state-of-the-art air quality measurement devices and mold sampling devices to properly assess the air quality in your home. During our one-on-one consultation we will advise on the results and what this means for you and your Lake Norman home. If you are interested in learning more about Mold and its potential health effects, we would recommend you read our Frequently Asked Questions list below, or visit our Resources page for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mold
What is mold?
By definition molds are organisms that are found indoors and outdoors. They are part of the natural environment, and play an important role in our ecological system by breaking down and digesting organic material such as fallen leaves and dead trees.
Indoors, however, they should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores that are invisible to the naked eye, they may begin growing indoors when the mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, however, mold will not grow without water or moisture.
Is my family at risk?
Molds have the potential to cause health problems indoors if the mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Research on mold and health effects is ongoing. For more detailed information consult a health professional, your state or local health department.
How do I test for mold?
At Kulumo Home Inspection Services Lake Norman our qualified indoor air quality consultant will perform a complete mold inspection. This will cover a non-invasive, visual examination; moisture, temperature and humidity measurements; and mold samples according to the Inspector Nation Standard of Practice for Mold Sampling and Testing.
A detailed report will be provided, advising you on:
- moisture intrusion
- water damage
- musty odors
- apparent mold growth
- conditions conducive to mold growth
- results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samples taken
- any system or component listed in Section 2.4 Standards of Practice that were not inspected
- inspection limitations
How does mold affect my family’s health?
Some people are sensitive to mold. For these people inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions. These are the most common and may be immediate or delayed. People with mold allergies or with a compromised immune system will have more severe reactions. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold.
How does mold get into buildings?
Mold is part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. Remember, there are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
What can I do to control mold?
It is impossible to get rid of all mold. Fundamentally mold control is moisture control. If you have a mold problem attend to it immediately and resolve the water problem.