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Mold FAQ’s: Why should I have a mold inspection? There are many reasons why you may decide to have your home or business inspected for mold: You smell mold but do not see it anywhere. Or you had a water leak or flood and don’t know what to do next. Molds can thrive in areas of your home or business that are not visible. Mold growth is not always the result of a pipe leak or floods either. Poor ventilation, high humidity or condensation, and dampness through foundation walls are all other possible sources of moisture that can promote mold growth. Molds come in various colors (black, white, green, pink, or gray) and shapes. While some molds are visible and even odorous, mold can also grow between walls, under floors and ceilings, or in less accessible spots, such as basements and attics. An experienced mold inspector can identify and report signs of potential mold growth along with conditions that are conducive to mold growth and will develop a sample strategy in order to provide you with the information you need. Molds can make you sick. Health problems can sometimes be an indicator that there's mold present in your home. Sensitive individuals sometimes exhibit symptoms like sore throat, stuffy nose, eye irritation, wheezing and rashes. In more extreme cases, they might endure fever, shortness of breath, and mold-related lung infections when exposed to a mold- laden environment. But even if no one is sick at your house doesn't mean you don't have mold. If you believe that you or someone in your family has symptoms that you suspect might be linked to mold exposure, you should consult a physician who has experience with mold exposure illnesses. If mold testing was performed in the house or building, bring a copy of the report, including any accompanying data tables to your doctor. Keep in mind that many symptoms associated with mold exposure can also be associated with other environmental problems. Tell your doctor about the symptoms, when they began, and the period of time you think you were exposed to mold. An indoor mold inspection will be important in finding mold contamination sources and suggesting how to solve the problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has yet to establish guidelines for evaluating the health risks of specific mold concentrations or strains in buildings, but they have stated that the most prudent practice when discovering mold in your home is to remove it. All mold varieties should be considered the same when evaluating their potential risk to your family's health [source: CDC]. You are buying or selling a home. Before you purchase or sell a house or investment property you will want to identify if mold is an issue. Mold issues can delay or stop a real estate transaction. Geller Environmental Labs, Inc. has worked with hundreds of real estate transactions and understands the importance of properly inspecting a property and issuing a report to meet inspection contingencies. You had mold remediation performed and you want make sure it was done properly. Geller Environmental Labs, Inc. will thoroughly inspect the remediated area(s) preferably while walls and ceilings remain open, before flooring is replaced, and prior to new building materials being put in place. Mold may not be visible but still may exist if remediation was not done successfully. A proper Post- Remediation Inspection will give you piece of mind that your money was well spent and that the mold was cleaned according to industry standards. Most importantly you will know the mold contamination has been removed.