Suspect Mold on an Interior Access Stairway
Suspect Mold on an Interior Wall of a House
What is mold?
Molds (sometimes referred to as “black mold”) are a subset of fungi that produce fluffy or powdery growth on surfaces. Molds are ubiquitous, the most common form of fungus on earth, and may grow at high levels indoors, in a home or building, if the right environmental conditions exist. Toxic molds need moisture and the right nutrients to grow and are most commonly found in areas of high humidity, water/pipe leaks, flooding, damp basements or crawl spaces, many kinds of house plants, cracked or peeling paint, bathroom tiles, blocked gutters and more.
How does this affect you?
Excessive exposure to molds can lead to adverse health issues for humans, ranging from allergic responses to irritation associated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to neurological damage and more depending on the sensitivity of the individual. There are many routes of exposure to molds including dermal contact, ingestion, and inhalation. In addition, molds gradually break down and destroy the matter they grow on.
How can GCE help you?
GCE performs a visual survey and initial sampling of suspect mold throughout the building and, if applicable, in areas where known construction activities are to occur. If laboratory analysis confirms the presence of mold, GCE will work with the client on a remediation plan. This generally includes steps to fix the water or moisture problem to prevent reoccurance and steps to carefully contain and remove moldy building materials to prevent the mold from spreading. A remediation plan may vary greatly depending on the size and complexity of the job.