- People with sensitivity to mold spores, allergic reactions, adverse respiratory responses and other health concerns.
- Homes and buildings with water entry and moisture issues, chronic high humidity, or past water damage.
- If you find visible mold but are unsure if the mold has spread throughout the home or building, testing will give assurance of the conditions.
- Our Certified Mold Specialists are highly trained and nationally certified for Mold Sampling and Inspections.
- Our service exceeds the standards of practice of the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors (NAMRI).
- We can obtain on-site air samples, tape lift samples, swab and bulk samples as the need arises. We will never take unneeded samples. We use only industry proven technology and properly calibrated sampling equipment.
- Our report format presents the evaluation findings in a narrative style report that is easy to understand and includes photos. Your lab report will be analyzed and interpreted by your Tiger Mold Specialist.
- Tiger Mold Specialists are available for consultation before and after your Mold Services. We encourage you to attend the appointment to discuss conditions with our specialist.
- Appointments are available seven days/week.
Mold has become a growing concern due to several factors including the liability issues regarding potential adverse health effects, an increase in vacant homes on the market, the negative stigma that mold-contaminated homes carry and a growing awareness of mold-related health issues. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that up to half of all structures have interior conditions that may encourage mold growth.
Mold Sampling includes laboratory analysis of air and surface samples. The samples are analyzed by an independent, nationally accredited laboratory that has years of experience in indoor air quality analysis. The lab analysis is presented in an easily understood lab report and includes interpretation by your Tiger Mold Specialist. Mold sampling is available as part of a Mold Inspection or as a Sampling-only service. Our sampling-only service includes a visual evaluation of the home or building to determine the most accurate & effective sampling areas, and recommended number of samples.
Mold sampling is available as part of a Home Inspection, Mold Inspection or as a Sampling-Only service. The purpose of a mold assessment is to evaluate levels of mold spores on the interior, and/or to take samples of visible suspected mold growth for identification.
As part of the assessment, a review of the accessible interior areas is made to determine areas conducive to mold growth and to determine the most accurate and effective locations for sampling. Air, tape lift, swab or bulk samples are taken as requested or needed, depending on existing conditions.
The samples are analyzed by an independent, nationally accredited lab and an analysis report is generated to describe the results in a reader-friendly format.
Our assessment also includes interpretation of the lab report by your Tiger Mold Specialist and photos, if needed, of mold growth. Follow-up consultation is always available.
A Mold Inspection includes a thorough assessment of active and potential water intrusion, areas of elevated humidity and other water related concerns, covering all accessible areas of the structure’s interior & exterior. A mold inspection also includes sampling as needed, to obtain an accurate overview of conditions in the home.
The EPA has not designated a safe or acceptable level of mold. People with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk for adverse reactions. If mold becomes a concern in a building due to visible mold growth, odors, health issues or recent water intrusion, mold sampling or a mold inspection can help identify not only the presence of mold, but the circumstances that allowed the mold growth to occur. Correcting the conditions conducive to mold growth is just as important as eliminating the mold itself. Tiger’s Certified Mold Specialists can recommend appropriate corrective action, and can help to identify conditions that may lead to mold growth in the future.
For additional information on Mold Testing and Remediation, visit www.epa.gov/mold or contact your State Department of Public Health (DPH).
Mold is a specific sub-group, or phylum, of the fungus kingdom. Mold breaks down dead matter, mostly cellulose like trees, leaves and such. Mold spreads by producing spores. The spores float on air currents and settle onto surfaces throughout a home. If conditions are right, mold can begin to grow and produce more spores. The right conditions include a food source, which for mold can be almost anything, and moisture. Mold must have a source of moisture to grow and reproduce, but it doesn’t take much moisture to get them growing. Even an elevated humidity level, such as in a basement or closet, can be enough. Controlling moisture is the key to controlling mold growth.
There are an estimated 300,000 mold species, most of which have not been studied or even named. Of those studied, a relatively small percentage are known to be allergenic, and even fewer are known to be toxigenic. Mold spores are ubiquitous – they’re everywhere. How a person will react to any specific mold depends on how that person’s immune system reacts to the mold spores in the air. It also depends a lot on the type of mold and the level of exposure. Different people react differently to different molds, so no one can set a “safe” level of exposure to mold. Allergenic molds can elicit allergic reactions, a lot like pollen. For sensitive people, the reactions can be more serious. Toxigenic molds can do lasting damage to our bodies, including causing internal organ damage and even cancer. People with compromised immune systems are at particular risk for complications caused by mold.
How do I know if I have a mold problem?
If your home has leaks that have gone on awhile, or a wet or damp basement, you may have an issue with mold. If that dank, musty odor characteristic of basements is persistent, you probably have mold growing somewhere nearby the odor. Many molds give off volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), essentially gasses, that are responsible for that odor. If you develop symptoms like headaches, sore throat, itchy eyes, runny nose, and so on when you’re home but not when you’re away, this can also be a strong indicator that mold spore levels in your home are high.
Of course, having a professional mold specialist take samples of the air throughout your home is the best way to determine if you have a mold concern. Through sampling of the air and sampling any visible mold growth, the severity of the concern can be determined. The specific genus of molds found in the samples is usually identified, which can help determine if any indoor mold is of a type considered toxigenic. But again, it’s a matter of how your immune system is reacting to the mold spores present.
How do I get rid of mold?
Mold spores are everywhere; they’re microscopic and travel very well on air currents. There’s simply no way to make a home completely free of mold spores. The best we can do is make sure the indoor mold spore levels are less than those outdoors. If you have a mold problem, it can be taken care of by getting rid of the mold and correcting the conditions that allowed that mold to become a problem; that is, eliminating the source of moisture that’s supporting the mold growth. There are several companies around that specialize in getting rid of mold and the better ones will also address the moisture concerns. These are called mold remediation companies.
The EPA has developed some guidelines for getting rid of mold. The guidelines are available on their website: www.epa.gov/mold. The Connecticut Department of Public Health also has some valuable information on mold in homes. Their website is: www.ct.gov/dph/mold. In general, if you have less than ten square feet of mold-contaminated area, clean-up would be considered a homeowner job. But don’t just use bleach and wipe the area down. Bleach is largely ineffective against mold and can actually make things worse. If the mold is on a hard, non-porous surface such as plastic or fiberglass, using a fungicide or mildewcide should be effective. If it’s growing on a porous surface such as sheetrock, the affected sheetrock should be replaced. Mold on wood can usually be scrubbed or sanded off, but extreme care should be taken to prevent spreading spores to unaffected areas. Closing off the affected area and setting up a fan to blow from the affected area directly outdoors is essential. Wearing proper protective gear is also important – gloves, a respirator or effective mask, sealed goggles, coveralls, etc. When disturbed, mold can release literally billions of spores into the air; this is why getting rid of mold is best left to professional mold remediation companies, except in the simplest cases. If you have an affected area larger than ten square feet or multiple areas, it’s best to call in a professional mold remediator. A good remediator will get rid of the mold without causing and additional problems and can usually address the moisture concerns that allowed the mold to grow in the first place.