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MOLD
A Growing Concern                             
 

Dust Mites
and particulate matter

VOCs
Volatile Organic Compounds

 

What You Can’t See, CAN Hurt You

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
has identified indoor air pollution as one of
the top five environmental risks to public
health.

 

What symptoms might I see?

The most common health problems caused by indoor mold are allergy symptoms. Although other and more serious problems can occur, people exposed to mold commonly report problems such as:

Nasal and sinus congestion

Cough

Wheeze/breathing difficulties

Sore throat

Skin and eye irritation

Upper respiratory infections (including sinus)

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I may have mold growing in my home. What do I do?
When you are experiencing the symptoms of mold exposure, or you suspect that you may have mold growing due to water damage, there are a few choices available to you.

First, you can purchase a cheap do-it-yourself kit. The results of these are highly suspect. Remember, it is your health and your property. You only get what you pay for.

Secondly, you could contract with a mold remediation company that also does inspections. It begs the question: if you are paying someone who earns most of their income from mold removal, do you think that they are likely to discover mold?

They are likely to run a number of air tests to attempt to determine the presence of mold. These are not 100% accurate, nor do they pinpoint the exact location of the mold.

As a Certified Indoor Environmentalist I have been trained and tested to offer a comprehensive overview of indoor air quality issues. Laying IAQ groundwork and evaluating air contaminants, human pathogens, microbiology, environmental factors, investigation of problematic HVAC systems, ventilation issues and ASHRAE standards are only a few of the many factors that contribute to my thorough assessment. I know how to identify IAQ problems and design remediation plans.

My goal is to protect your family's health and property, while keeping your remediation costs as low as possible.


A Visual Inspection: Outside and Inside A visual inspection will be conducted outside and inside your property as an important step of identifying possible contamination problems.

After the visual, imagine if you had Superman's power to see through walls. Infrared imaging technology is the next best thing: infrared detects tiny but crucial differences in temperature throughout a house, including behind the walls, beneath the floors and beyond ceilings. These temperature variations often reveal "invisible" problems . Whether viable mold is on a surface visible to humans or hidden behind walls or ceilings, I will find it. The time needed will be impacted by the size of your house and other factors; but will likely last for 2-3 hours.

If water damage and / or mold are detected, we will show you exactly where they exist.

We will also conduct surface sampling or bulk sampling, depending on the situation. We will explain to you why we collect what we do.

Further, we may recommend air sampling to you at that point, and will discuss the pros & cons involved. If sampling is done, we will protect the collection integrity and forward samples to a certified laboratory. Dependent upon the testing required, you will see your results in 2 to 7 days.

Using digital cameras, we will be taking photographs during this time to include with your professional report to possibly share with your insurance company.

What if I am buying a home?
Whether you are considering purchasing your first home, your 10th home, or a vacation home, remember: an inspection by a Certified Indoor Environmentalist is the best way to determine the condition of the property to protect your health and your family's health before purchasing. Wilson’s Environmental is uniquely positioned to help you.

New homes built in the past 20 years are experiencing severe mold problems, due to the wood getting wet during construction combined with today's air-tight building methods.

Homes in Mississippi and Louisiana have been exposed to flooding and / or rain during construction. These conditions set the stage for mold problems in your new home.

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