Mold Testing

The presence of mold inside the average home or office is not uncommon.  Is it normal or does it pose a possible problem for you or those around you? Maypole can run various tests to determine the size, type, and potential health risk of the mold growth.
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About Mold

Mold is a type of fungus.  In small amounts, mold spores are often harmless; however, when spores land on wet areas the mold can grow into a substantial problem. Distinct spore types possess different characteristics and health effects, so it is important to know which genus is present. 

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What is mold?


Mold is a term used to describe a type of fungus that is multi-cellular and grows in the form of thread-like structures called hyphae. You are exposed to mold every day as mold is always found outdoors where they play an important role in nature. In small amounts, mold spores are most often harmless; however, when spores land on wet areas within your home, the mold can grow into a substantial problem. Many people think mold is either black or green but mold can come in many different colors depending on the type of mold.




Are there different types of mold?


Yes. Distinct spore types possess different characteristics and health effects, so it is imperative to know which genus is present. Through a mold inspection and lab analysis of the samples taken, we can determine which spores are present and in what quantities. This will help us to understand how big of a problem there is and the best course of action to take.




What types of mold are there?


There are 3 types of mold: Allergenic mold spores can cause and produce allergies and allergic reactions such as asthma attacks. An allergic reaction occurs when a substance, such as mold, causes a susceptible person to form antibodies. The reaction may be immediate or delayed. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include: sneezing, burning of the eyes, difficulty breathing, and skin rash. Alternaria is the most common form of allergenic mold Pathogenic fungi have been associated with infectious disease. Health effects can be severe for those with an already suppressed immune system; however, they are unlikely to cause issues for a healthy person. Aspergillus is the most prevalent form of pathogenic mold Toxigenic mold spores produce toxic substances that can lead to dangerous or even deadly health effects. These are sometimes referred to as "toxic mold". Toxins can damage a variety of organs and tissues in the body, including the liver, central nervous system, digestive tract, and immune system. Stachybotrys is the most concerning form of toxic mold




How does mold grow?


Mold or Fungi can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any organic substance (food) as long as moisture (water) and oxygen (air) are present. Organic food sources may include: Wood Paper Carpet Food Insulation Building Materials ​​ If excessive moisture accumulates in buildings, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be managed by controlling moisture, temperature, and humidity. When moisture problems occur and mold growth results, people may begin to report odors and a variety of health problems.




How can I prevent mold growth?


The #1 key to mold control is moisture control. Do everything possible to solve moisture problems before they become mold problems! Have you had a recent leak or flooding? It may be beneficial to have a professional assess the damage and determine the best actions to minimize further issues down the line. Additional Tips: - Fix leaky plumbing - Watch for condensation and wet spots and fix any problem areas - Prevent condesation by increasing surface temperature or reducing humidity - Keep heating, ventilation, and AC drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed - Vent moisture-generating appliances such as clothes dryers to the outside if possible - Maintain low indoor humidity, ideally between 30%-50% - Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance - Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 24-48 hours - Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away





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Mold Testing in New York

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Maypole provides a full-range of Mold Testing options. Different methods may be used depending on the issue(s) you are facing. We are here to walk you through it and put your mind at ease. 

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Why is mold testing important?


Over 100,000 types of molds exist and all molds have the potential to cause health effects. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to clean up any existing indoor mold growth. ​​​ The types and severity of symptoms depend, in part, on the types of mold present, the extent of an individual's exposure, the ages of the individuals, and their existing sensitivities or allergies. Due to the mass amount of information and inconclusive research on mold and mold exposure, it is important to have your home tested by a mold professional who is educated on the state of the research.




What are potential health effects of mold exposure?


The health effects of mold exposure varry depending on the type of mold, length of exposure, pre-existing health conditions, etc. Some of the more common symptoms include: - Skin Rashes or Irritations - Sneezing - Red or Burning Eyes - Runny Nose - Difficulty Breathing - Headaches - Aggravation of Asthma Symptoms - Potential Chronic Health Effects




What type of mold inspection do I need?


The type of mold inspection or test performed will depend on the issues and concerns that are present. Some inspections will require multiple sampling methods whereas some inspections will simply consist of an in-depth visual inspection. Evidence that active growth is occurring is often times sensory, through visual identification or odor perception. Surface testing is used to confirm the present growth. When mold is not visible, air sampling is used with well-designed sampling protocols.




What types of mold inspections does Maypole provide?


Visual Inspection ​The inspector will do a thorough visual inspection of the entire space or specific areas of concern. He or she may look for areas of excessive moisture, humidity, or musty odors with the use of hygrometers, moisture meters, and/or infrared cameras. In many cases, if visible mold growth is present it is unnecessary to sample further. Surface/Bulk Sampling Through the use of swabs or tape lifts, Surface Sampling, may help locate the source of mold contamination, identify some of the mold species present and differentiate between mold and soot or dirt. It may also be used to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Air Sampling Samples are taken from the air and later examined under a microscope, is useful if there is an odor present or signs of mold related health issues but no visible mold can be detected. In circumstances where visible mold is present it is unnecessary to perform air sampling, with the exception of determining which types of mold spores are present, in which case air sampling or surface sampling is required.





Mold Prevention

Often times small problems can be hidden in hard-to-see areas and grow into larger problems before they are detected.

Early intervention is key!

Thermal Imaging

Detect moisture in areas that would otherwise go undetected.

Water & Moisture Control

Early action is essential in preventing or reducing mold growth.