15 Worst Cities For Ragweed 2015

Fall is officially here, and so are fall allergies. Ragweed usually starts releasing its pollen in late August, but that pollen can linger into the late fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about three-quarters of people who are allergic to spring plants are allergic to ragweed. Plus, let’s not forget mold. Mold spores love wet […]

Bulk Sampling For Mold

Bulk Sampling is another technique used for direct examination. A direct exam allows for the immediate determination of the presence of fungal spores as well as what types of fungi are present. Direct examinations should only be used to sample visible mold growth in a contaminated area since most surfaces collect a mixture of fungal […]

Surface Sampling For Mold

Surface sampling is the most common technique used to test surfaces for mold during a mold inspection.  It provides valuable information.  The species of mold, the relative degree of contamination, and the potential for airborne spore production may all be determined by tape sampling. This method can be performed using either standard, clear cellophane tape or a […]

Air Sampling For Mold

Taking air samples during a mold inspection is important for several reasons.  Mold spores are not visible to the naked eye, and the types of mold present can often be determined through laboratory analysis of the air samples.  Having samples analyzed can also help provide evidence of the scope and severity of a mold problem, as […]

Common Mold Tests

There are may forms of mold testing that can determine whether or not your home or office has mold, and the severity of issue if one exists.  The most common form of testing is Air Sampling, which basically traps spores in the air onto a sticky slide within a cassette that is mounted on top […]

Headaches Caused By Mold

Mold and mycotoxins can contribute to headaches in a number of ways. First, it is well documented that several mycotoxins directly damage the central nervous system. In fact, one of the most powerful biological weapons on earth is a class of mycotoxins called the T-2 mycotoxins. They target the part of the body that most […]

Complications of Mold Allergies

Most allergic responses to mold involve hay fever-type symptoms that can make you miserable, but aren’t serious. However, certain allergic conditions caused by mold are more severe. These include: Mold-induced asthma. In people allergic to mold, breathing in spores can trigger an asthma flare-up. If you have a mold allergy and asthma, be sure you […]

Asthma Triggers Part 3 – Mold

Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant and animal matter. Molds can be found almost anywhere when moisture is present. Molds create tiny spores to reproduce, just as plants produce seeds. Mold spores float through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on damp places indoors, they may begin growing. For people sensitive […]

Cost of Mold Inspections

Recently, I met a couple who got their home tested for mold and spent an exorbitant amount of money for what is considered a basic test.  They paid just over two thousand dollars for 4 air samples, two surface samples and a visual inspection.  But how much should a test cost?  Generally, air sampling runs […]

Water Damage in Collegeville PA

Here’s a set of photos showing water damage from a busted softener which also resulted in mold growth.  The walls were demoed, the framing cleaned and then encapsulated in white.  Notice how we encapsulate by also leaving clean lines, almost making each piece of wood look like a cigarette.  Even though drywall will cover these […]