We get that question a lot, as well as… “Is that the toxic black mold?” or “is that the dangerous mold”. Here is a common sense response to this often asked question. After much research and literally thousands of mold inspections, ultimately the answer depends on your own personal susceptibility: Generally when mold of any […]
If I made a list of building features or scenarios where mold growth is almost always an issue, Crawl Spaces or Void Spaces (areas you can’t actually crawl in to access) would be at the top of the list. Here’s why: • Often the floor of a crawl space is below grade and water will […]
Check out some pictures of what we’ve seen in homes across the D.C. Metro area. These are the worst case scenario and are often rare. Mold behind a baseboard in a basement. Mold behind a baseboard. Mold in a crawlspace, with saturated joists. Mold on a floorboard joist.
Asbestos vinyl flooring was widely used until the early 1970’s and so many homes in this area have asbestos containing tiles or flooring mainly in basements and often in kitchens. Typically 9 inch square tiles can be presumed to contain asbestos although testing for asbestos done by a certified asbestos inspector will confirm if it […]
A healthy indoor environment is important to you and your family. This includes keeping the air free of biological contaminants, which can cause health problems. Scientists call these airborne contaminants bioaerosols. Bioaerosols are extremely small living organisms or fragments of living things suspended in the air. Dust mites, molds, fungi, spores, pollen, bacteria, viruses, amoebas, […]
These days, lots of contractors say that they’re experts. But are they really? Before you hire someone to inspect, test, or remediate mold from your home or business, ask about their mold certification. Some contractors obtain Mold Certificates from organizations that aren’t very credible. The most credible organizations for certifying mold professionals are the American […]
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a group of chemicals that can vaporize easily and introduce gas pollutants into your home. Often released into the air from synthetic and composite materials, VOCs are usually emitted during home construction, finishing, or cleaning. VOCs can be released from a wide variety of products often found in the home, including cleaning supplies, […]
Mold in Your Northern Virginia Home Mold growth is all about moisture, so it stands to reason if you live in the Washington, D.C.-Northern Virginia area, which is an area prone to high humidity, then the chances of your home developing a mold problem are much higher. Anything over a 55% RH level promotes mold […]