MOLD: A Growing Concern

  • Protect your biggest investment with mold remediation and testing for your Vail home today.
  • Live healthier
  • Because you’re not only buying a home, you’re also buying the air in it

Did You Know?

  • Most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and are not aware of the health hazards created by mold. Get your Vail home mold inspection today.

What is Mold? What is a Mold Spore?

-> Mold eats and destroys normal building materials used in your home when they get wet

-> Mold reproduces and spreads by shedding microscopic mold spores in the air

-> Mold spores travel through the air and we breathe them in – sometimes in large enough amounts that are unhealthy.

-> Indoor mold types that can damage your home and health include:

  • Aspergillus / Penicillium / Trichoderma
  • Stachybotrys / Chaetomium / Ulocladium
  • Cladosporium / Alternaria / Curvularia

What does mold do when growing in buildings?

  • Ruin building materials
  • Destroy personal possessions
  • Can cause allergies
  • Can trigger asthma

Mold Facts you need to know

  • Water is the problem, mold is the result of excess water
  • Mold can grow and produce spores in as little as 24 – 48 hours
  • Most thrive in temperatures we feel comfortable in
  • Airborne mold can be inhaled
  • Presence of mold growth can impact your health, at home, the office or school

How can I be exposed Mold?

  • Breathing in spores from air
  • Skin contact from handling moldy items
  • Eating moldy foods
  • Contact with moldy clothing, carpet, drapes, furniture, fabric & leather

Health Effects of Mold Exposure

Allergic Reaction (Most Common)
• Caused by inhalation or direct contact with mold

Asthma (Second Most Common)
• Mold spores can trigger an attack and make asthma worse

Hypersensitivity
• Developed after acute or chronic exposure

Opportunistic Infections
• Cause disease in rare circumstances

Red Flags: When & Where to Test

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, it is recommended you TEST right away.

Have you had a recent indoor water event?

50% of all homes have been water compromised (even brand new homes), making a Vail home mold inspection more important than ever.

Common causes:

  • Recent severe storm (wind and rain)
  • Construction defects
  • Poor filtration in HVAC
  • Plumbing problems
  • Improper insulation, ventilation or grading
  • Basement floods or leaks
  • Roof /ceiling leaks
  • Presence of items that are damaged by water

Have you seen visible mold?

Any substance growing that looks:

  • Velvety
  • Slimy o White o Black o Green o Pink
  • Smelly
  • Discoloration

Where to Check for Visible Mold

Bathroom

  • Around the bathtub or shower
  • Around & Under sink
  • Under & Behind Toilet
  • Around bathroom vanity

Kitchen

  • Around & Under the sink where leakage might occur
  • Behind and Under Refrigerator

Floors, wall cavities and ceilings directly above or below a bathroom or kitchen

  • Attic & Basement Spaces
  • Laundry Area
  • Around Water Heater
  • Around & Inside AC Unit & Vents
  • Garage (Especially when directly attached to entrance of home)
  • Clothing
  • Carpet & Rugs
  • Behind vinyl wall coverings
  • Surface walls behind furniture

Places You Might Not Have Checked

Do You Experience Any Sensitivity?

Exposure to mold is known to cause:

  • Itching or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or skin.
  • Burning sensation on skin or rashes
  • Sinus infections or congestion (runny nose)
  • Musty odor
  • Respiratory problems (sneezing or coughing)
  • Frequent or onset headaches or migraines
  • Changes in breathing patterns
  • Fatigue

Why You Should Get A Vail Home Mold Inspection?

  • To answer the question, “Do I have a hidden mold growing in my home?”
  • To know what kind of mold you may have
  • To avoid unseen potential health risks
  • To maintain the healthy state of your home
  • To solve building defects such as dry rot, warping and deterioration of your home
  • To avoid future expense of a massive remediation
  • Peace of mind when buying or selling a house

Mold Testing Made Simple

  • Your home inspector has been trained and educated by PRO-LAB® to collect the appropriate samples
  • Your home inspector will take one air sample per 1000 square feet, including a control sample outside
  • Your home inspector will also collect a swab or tape sample from any visible mold growth
  • You will get a quick and accurate results
  • You do not have to do anything, your home inspector will take care of everything for you

Conclusion

  • Protect your property and possessions
  • Identify the RED Flags that can indicate a water problem
  • The value of testing is that it identifies and determines the cause of a mold problem
  • Testing is the first step in correction of a mold problem
  • Be proactive and find problems before they get large and expensive
  • Mold testing is not a real estate deal breaker – it can be cleaned

PRO-LAB® Solutions

  • PRO-LAB® is an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) accredited laboratory
  • PRO-LAB® is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory
  • PRO-LAB® has staff to answer your questions and help guide your solutions
  • Fast turnaround times that fit your needs
  • Easy to read laboratory mold reports