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Residential and Commercial Mold Inspection, sampling, testing, and reporting at affordable pricing in Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon. Certified mold inspection and testing services for better air quality and health. It has become crucial to pay attention to IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). Statistics indicate that Canadian residents spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, increasing exposure to a wide array of indoor air pollutants.

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Importance of Mold Inspection and Testing

Indoor air quality is paramount, with Canadians spending 90% of their time indoors, raising concerns about pollutants like mold. Mold inspection, sampling, and testing are crucial to pinpointing indoor air quality issues and potential health hazards. Given heightened awareness and media attention, prospective buyers demand mold inspections for residential and commercial properties. Mold investigation is standard protocol during property inspections, ensuring buyers avoid mold-infested spaces. Mold detection is critical; purchasing, selling, or occupying mold-infested buildings poses health risks. Trust Assure Property Solutions Inc. for comprehensive mold inspection services, safeguarding your indoor air quality and well-being.

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To find out if Mold is a Problem in your Home or Business, you must have a Mold Inspection Conducted by a Certified MOLD Inspector and have samples taken and tested. Assure has Certified Inspectors and laboratories!

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What is a Mold?

Mold, a fungus with health risks like throat and eye irritation, demands professional attention. Detect and evaluate mold in homes or commercial spaces with expert mold inspection services. Mold comes in various colors and spreads through airborne spores, thriving in damp conditions. Controlling moisture is key to managing mold growth indoors. Assure Property Solutions Inc. provides comprehensive mold investigation, sampling, testing, and reporting. Trust our certified inspectors to identify and address mold issues promptly, safeguarding indoor environments from potential health hazards. Contact us today for reliable mold detection and evaluation services.

Mold Symptoms and Visual Inspection

A visual inspection serves as the initial step in detecting potential contamination issues, revealing visible water leaks or mold stains on surfaces. Subsequently, a physical mold inspection is conducted, encompassing the air conditioning system, heating system, attic, and crawl spaces. Advanced tools like borescopes and moisture meters aid in uncovering hidden mold sources and assessing water damage. If visible mold growth, musty odors, or water damage are present, mold sampling is advised. Combining visual inspection with air, tape, or swab sampling enables inspectors to pinpoint mold sources and assess water damage extent. Early mold testing is crucial for effective mitigation.

How to Detect a mold? Air Sampling

The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type and amount of Airborne contamination in a building. Air sampling may be necessary if the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected (e.g.: musty odors, allergies) but cannot be identified by a visual inspection. When air sampling is performed, both the outdoor air and the indoor air are sampled and it is advised that mold detection is done by an expert, so the results can be compared to see if a problem exists. Typically, the outdoor sample is taken while the heating and or air conditioning unit is operating; this will ensure the indoor air is effectively tested.

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Tape/Swab Sampling

Tape/Swab Samples are usually collected from visible moldy surfaces by wiping the area with a sterile swab. This type of sampling is used to identify specific mold types and Assure Property Solutions Inc. is one of the leading companies that check for mold in house.

Mold Inspection, Recommendations and Laboratory Results

Once the home or commercial building has a visual inspection completed and the mold evaluated, action can be taken to clean it up and prevent future contamination. Based upon site evaluations and sample lab analysis results, your inspector can provide a detailed written report that can be used for disclosure and references. In all situations, if mold exists, the underlying cause of the water damage must be corrected.

Dangers of Mold Exposure

National media attention has alerted the public’s perception to the destructive and possibly toxic dangers of hidden mold spores that could affect their family’s health and their homes. EPA studies indicate that air levels of indoor pollutants may be two to three times higher than outdoor levels. Mold, the most dangerous offender of all, often goes undetected because of its invisibility. Most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and are not aware of the health hazards created by this pollutant. You owe it to yourself to minimize your exposure to mold spores in the indoor environment.

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How Can Someone Be Exposed To MOLD?

There are several ways you can become exposed to mold:

✔ Breathing in the spores from the air

✔ Skin contact from handling an item that has mold growing on it

✔ Eating without properly washing your hands after handling moldy objects.

How Can I Reduce or Eliminate MOLD Inside My House?

It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores indoors. Mold will always be found floating in the air and in-house dust. Indoor mold growth can be prevented by controlling water and moisture indoors. The following may prevent or reduce indoor mold growth:

✔ Breathing in the spores from the air

✔ Skin contact from handling an item that has mold growing on it

✔ Eating without properly washing your hands after handling moldy objects.

If the home or commercial property you are thinking about purchasing has mold, do not panic! Remediation is an option. Work with the current owner and have the MOLD removed from the home or commercial building and bring it back to the original condition prior to purchasing. Or have a remediation company provide you with an estimate to remediate the mold issue and request for the remediation expenses to be deducted from the purchase price. You and the buyer have options.

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If there is mold growth in your home or building, YOU MUST FIX THE WATER PROBLEM AND CLEAN UP THE MOLD!!! If you clean the mold, but do not fix the water problem, the mold will grow back.

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Basic Mold Cleanup and Remediation

Effective mold control hinges on moisture management. Swiftly dry water-damaged areas within 24-48 hours to halt mold growth. Depending on the mold type, cleaning and moisture removal may suffice. Repair leaks promptly and cleanse hard surfaces with detergent, then dry thoroughly. Replace absorbent materials like ceiling tiles and carpets if moldy. Assure Property Solutions Inc. advocates for dehumidifiers and Ozone Generators. Dehumidifiers extract moisture comprehensively, endorsed by professional remediation firms. Ozone generators eliminate mold, fungi, and bacteria at elevated levels. Assure offers Ozone generator services for comprehensive mold remediation.

Ten Things You Should Know About MOLD!

  1. Understand health effects: Mold exposure can cause allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues.
  2. Manage moisture: Control indoor mold growth by regulating humidity levels (30-60%).
  3. Clean affected areas: Remove mold and eliminate moisture sources in your home promptly.
  4. Fix water leaks: Address the root cause of leaks to prevent mold proliferation.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity: Ventilate bathrooms, dryers, and moisture-generating sources outside.
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Asthma and MOLD

Molds can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive individuals with asthma. People with asthma should avoid contact with or exposure to molds.

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How do Molds Affect People?

Mold sensitivity varies among individuals, with symptoms including nasal congestion, eye irritation, and wheezing. Severe reactions, particularly in those with allergies, may result in fever and breathing difficulties. Farmers exposed to moldy environments may experience severe symptoms like shortness of breath. Those with chronic lung conditions are at risk of developing mold infections. EPA’s guide for health professionals aids in diagnosing indoor air pollution-related ailments. It covers various pollutants like environmental tobacco smoke and biological contaminants. Allergic reactions, triggered by substances like dust mites, pets, and molds, range from rhinitis to asthma. Unusual allergens in workplaces, such as bacterial enzymes, can also cause asthma outbreaks.

MOLD in Homes and Commercial Properties

Biological Pollutants in Your Home – One third to one half of all structures have damp conditions that may encourage development of pollutants such as molds and bacteria, which can cause allergic reactions — including asthma — and spread infectious diseases. Corrective measures for achieving moisture control and cleanliness can aide in preventing mold from growing in your home.

Moisture control is the key to Mold control!

Water in your home can come from many sources. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors. Showers or even cooking can add moisture to the air in your home. The amount of moisture that the air in your home can hold depends on the temperature of the air. As the temperature goes down, the air is able to hold less moisture. This is why, in cold weather, moisture condenses on cold surfaces (for example, drops of water form on the inside of a window). This moisture can encourage biological pollutants to grow.

There are Many Ways to Control Moisture in Your Home

  • ✔ Fix leaks and seepage. Ensure proper grading to divert water away from the house. Repair gutters and address water flow towards the home. Fix plumbing leaks promptly to prevent mold growth.
  • ✔ Cover dirt in crawlspaces with plastic to prevent moisture intrusion. Ensure adequate ventilation in crawlspaces to reduce humidity levels.
  • ✔ Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to vent moisture outdoors. Direct dryer vents outside to prevent indoor moisture buildup.
  • ✔ Turn off appliances like humidifiers and kerosene heaters if condensation forms on windows or surfaces.
  • ✔ Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in humid climates to reduce indoor humidity levels without becoming sources of pollutants.
  • ✔ Insulate cold surfaces to prevent condensation. Enhance air circulation by using fans and rearranging furniture.
  • ✔ Pay attention to carpet on concrete floors, as it can trap moisture and promote mold growth. Consider using area rugs that can be washed regularly.
  • ✔ Tailor moisture solutions to the climate, as different regions have unique moisture challenges. Adjust construction and weatherization methods accordingly.

Humidifiers are NOT Recommended for use In Buildings Without Proper Vapor Barriers.

..because of potential damage from moisture buildup. Consult a building contractor to determine the adequacy of the vapor barrier in your house. Use a humidity indicator to measure the relative humidity in your house. The American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends these maximum indoor humidity levels.

What should humidity level be in house in winter Canada?

Between 30% and 55%

Health Canada recommends that you aim to keep your home’s humidity levels between 30% and 55%. This ideal level of moisture will help your home feel warmer in the winter without having to turn up the thermostat.

Reference: Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with reference from the Association for Home Appliance Manufacturers (www.aham.org).

You Should Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned If:

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If there is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system, it is time to call in the mold investigation services professionals. Environmental Mold Sampling is just one method of solving this problem. There are several other important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:

  1. Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.
  2. You should be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and most times requires laboratory analysis for final confirmation. For about $150, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample sent to them on a clear strip of sticky household tape is mold or simply a substance that resembles it.
  3. If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.
  4. If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.

To confirm mold exposure, Mold Inspection Companies take on average, 3 air samples: 1 outdoors and 2 indoors. Disturbing mold without protection releases spores, causing illness. “Sick Building Syndrome” links to poor air quality from water damage. Testing air quality assures safety from mold-related sickness. Mold, a fungus, thrives indoors and outdoors, with fuzzy white, orange, green, or black appearance. Avoid spraying bleach on mold; it worsens the issue. Products like RMR 86 mildew stain remover are more effective alternatives.

All items contained above are for reference only and have been compiled from numerous sources. It is Always Recommended that a Certified Mold Remediation Specialists or other Qualified Health Personnel Be Consulted for Advice Anytime Mold is a Concern. Always request for Mold Compliance Reporting when completing ANY Mold Testing Services.