We can help locate suspected areas of mold growth (visible or hidden) in most any residential dwelling, commercial, industrial or institutional structure. Suspected samples will be obtained onsite to be processed at EMSL Labs for analysis. For a consultation call: (743) 368-0170.
According to the Infraspection Institute, “Infrared thermographers must recognize the limitation of infrared surveys in mold detection. In all types of buildings, moisture information gathered by an infrared thermographer is extremely valuable to the mold inspector because it narrows down the search for mold, so long as the IR survey is performed quickly after the event. Experts in both fields are needed – one dealing in moisture detection and the other in mold detection. The final objective is to help the client determine where water damage has occurred, and if so, whether there is a mold problem in the building. The cost of hiring both experts is minimal when the owner considers the preservation of structural integrity of the building and safeguarding the health of its occupants.”
Moisture Feeds Mold
Infrared Thermography can help identify areas that are conducive to mold formation. Mold can only grow in high humidity or damp conditions. It does not grow in dry conditions, however a room can be relatively dry, but if the humidity on a material surface is high, mold may grow. Mold spores can fruit and develop on sheet rock and other surface areas throughout your building. Mold growth in an enclosed structure will result in elevated levels of spores on surfaces and in the air.
Interestingly, new homes in Florida, built since 2000 seemed to have had the most water intrusion and moisture problems in both frequency and severity. A 2003 survey conducted by The Orlando Sentinel newspaper and WESH-TV found that “60 percent of homes built in the Orlando area in 2001 had cracks around windows and doors, in the foundations, and in the stucco or stucco-like finishes on the block walls.”