Typically if an indoor environment is suffering from elevated mold levels it is due to mold growing and releasing spores within the structure. In order for mold to grow and multiply it needs a food source (many building materials and household items qualify) and moisture. Without moisture, or elevated levels of humidity, mold usually cannot grow indoors.
“Very often when mold levels are high in a building it’s the result of moisture problems the building occupants are unaware of,” Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC), a Mid-Atlantic building sciences and indoor air quality (IAQ) consulting firm. “A leaking roof or faulty plumbing behind a wall could be creating an ideal environment for mold to grow in ceilings, walls and under flooring. Although the mold growth may be out of sight, when the mold spores become airborne they will travel through ducts, cracks, electrical outlets and other means to occupied spaces,” she continued.
One of the best ways to find areas within a home, office or school that could be conducive to mold growth is by checking the moisture content of the air and building surfaces. This can be accomplished using moisture meters, infrared cameras and through a comprehensive visual inspection. If suspected microbial growth is found, it can be tested to identify if it is indeed mold. Air testing can also help determine how much mold and what types are in the air the building occupants breathe.
SEHC has sponsored a video about the health effects of mold exposure that can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/
To learn more about Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, mold or other IAQ issues please visit http://www.sussexenvironmental.com, email susan.white@
About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC
SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 Corporations.