Are you concerned about “toxic black mold” in your home? How do you know if it’s mold or mildew? Do you and other family members suffer from chronic respiratory issues? Could it be that mold is the culprit?

When I perform a mold investigation my goal is to identify the source(s) of your problem so that remediation won’t be in vain. It won’t help to “clean” mold if you don’t stop the mold from coming back!

There are a variety of factors that can act together to result in a mold problem: recognizing these factors is an important part of my inspection. I use professional equipment to support or confirm my hypothesis on the cause of your problem.

When sampling seems wise I perform air samples to trap mold spores floating in the air – this will provide a useful indication of what your exposure is. I will only perform mold sampling for you when evidence suggests it is warranted so that I don’t waste your money.

If it appears that mold is not the main culprit causing your symptoms, I am able to analyze your home for other problems. Either way, my goal is to provide trustworthy and professional help for you as you deal with this problem.

What is mold?

Mold is a fungus. In nature, mold performs the much needed job of decomposing natural materials. When conditions are right inside our homes, mold will try to do it’s job inside too! This is one of the reasons it’s important to take mold seriously – mold can destroy a home.

It can also have a deleterious effect on your health. “Black mold” is notorious for its toxic health effects but mold doesn’t have to be black, or even visible to cause symptoms ranging from irritating to life-threatening. There are many different types of molds – some represent more of a concern to health than others.

What are common symptoms of unhealthy mold exposure?

  • chronic sinusitis
  • asthma symptoms
  • allergy symptoms
  • irritation of eyes, skin, nose, throat, lungs
  • intestinal upset
  • brainfog
  • depression, psychological paralysis
  • development of other sensitivities

What are some of the common causes of mold growth? 

  • leaking
  • flooding
  • disconnected air ducts
  • absence of ventilation for bathrooms
  • dryer ducts venting into house
  • rainwater infiltration
  • drainage problems

How to choose a mold remediator

Whatever stage you are at in dealing with your mold problem, I recommend avoiding companies that perform both mold sampling and remediation as this indicates a conflict of interest. If you are ready to choose a remediation company, pick one that does not perform sampling.

Resources on mold and moisture

A brief guide to mold moisture and your home – Environmental Protection Agency

Mold, basic facts – Center for Disease Control

WHO Guidelines for IAQ – Dampness and Mould – World Health Organization

Moisture and mold – Canada Mortgage and Housing