What is Indoor Air Quality?
According to Wikipedia, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. IAQ can be affected by gases (including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds VOC's), particulates, microbial contaminates (mold, bacteria), or any mass or enegery stressor that can induce adverse health conditions.
What Do I Do If...
I HAVE MOLD.
First, Don't Panic! Second, Don't Assume the Worst! Third, Contact your Insurance Carrier OR Call us 352-450-7450. If you have standing water or find wet building materials, Call a Dry-Out or Water Removal / Restoration Company. It is imperative that the water get extracted and the structure is properly dried ASAP. Mold growth can begin to grow on wet building materials in as little as 3 days. -- Never try to clean the mold growth yourself. Bleach is not going to solve the problem; it could make it worse.
If proper mold remediation procedures are not followed, mold spores can be released into the air and affect other non-damaged areas of your home or business. Trying to clean up the mold on your own is highly discouraged. Not only could you contaminate other areas of your residence, but you could also have an adverse reaction to it which could affect your health. It is best to let mold professionals assess the damages and remove/cleanup the affected areas. Sometimes, the damages go beyond what is visible on the exterior of baseboards and drywall. The interior of wall and/or ceiling cavities can have mold growth due to hidden plumbing leaks or hidden water leaks due to cracks in the exterior of the residence, deteriorated caulk around windows, roof or flashing leaks, rising ground water, etc. During a mold assessment/inspection a background of past and present water infiltration events will be collected and a thorough inspection of suspect areas will be conducted. The information and discoveries during the assessment will ensure a proper mold remediation scope of work will be prepared for the licensed mold remediation company to follow during the removal/cleanup (remediation) of the damaged building materials.
If you are having allergy or flu-like symptoms that you feel might be related to mold, contact our office for airborne mold spore sampling and also contact your healthcare provider. --
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a new home?
In Florida buying a home means a home inspection, but what you might not know is that home inspection does not necessarily come with a mold inspection. Furthermore, a Licensed Home Inspector is different from a Licensed Mold Assessor. Florida issues two different licenses for these professionals. If you are buying a new home, it is a good decision to have a Mold Assessment/Inspection conducted by a Licensed Mold Assessor on the home you are buying as part of your contract to buy. Sometimes mold will get overlooked by a home inspector because mold is not part of their inspections, or because they are not trained in detail about problems with mold damage. If this happens, you cannot easily go back on the home inspector because if he/she is not also a licensed mold assessor he/she has stayed within the scope of his home inspector license and cannot be held liable. The liability will be placed on you as the new owner unless you can prove the previous owners knew about it and did not disclose it. (Mold issues must be disclosed by homeowners whenever they are selling a home according to Florida Real-estate Law.)
Think of it this way, if the home passes the mold inspection, then that is one less worry on your mind. If mold damage is found, you can get free quotes from mold remediation companies on the cost to remove/clean it. Depending on the costs involved, you may get it worked into your contract or you may decide to walk-away.
Regardless, at least you know prior to taking ownership of your new place.
Heather Filegar, CIE
Southern Healthy Homes and Business is my go-to company anytime I need a protocol written or a clearance test performed. They are the best in the business by far. Nobody can compete with their prices and availabilty to complete a job quickly.
Nicole Thornton - Restoration 1 of East Orange - a disaster restoration company
Thank you to Heather with Southern Healthy Homes for helping us find the cause of the water damage to our wood flooring.
Heather was a pleasure to work with. I was very happy when she was able to help us to meet the deadline that the customer we were working for put us under. This enabled us to make our client happy and this is very important to us. Working with Heather was a great over all experiance that I would gladly repeat when I need her services and professional help again. Thank you Heather.
Joe Reichel - Co-owner of Damage Control Services - a disaster restoration company