Moisture meters can detect unseen moisture in building structure.
Hidden mold from unseen water intrusion
Thermal imaging is used to find hidden mold from water intrusion. The dark blue shows cooler temperature in the ceiling of this bathroom. After it was detected a moisture meter was used to justify wet drywall. Mold can form within 48 hrs and this damage was not visible to the naked eye. Mold Remediation may be needed depending on the length of time the water sat.
Mold on the ac vent
Mold on an ac vent is common in high humidity environments. It is casused if the ac system is malfunctioning and bringinh humidity into the home. It can also be caused by a broken or deteriorated seal around the ac register box. Mold Remediation not necessarily needed. A good HVAC technician can resolve this.
Mold Testing - Air Quality Lab Results
There are various types of mold spores in the air. Mold is common in indoor and outdoor environments. The key is to have both indoor and outdoor counts relatively the same. Stachybotrys and Chaetomium are black molds that should not be found indoors. They are derived from long term moisture / humidity intrusion. Compare the individual outdoor count with the indoor to see if you are having indoor issues. Send your results to us if you need a detailed explanation. The basis of a Mold Remediation depends on you lab results.
HVAC System Causing Mold From High Humidity, Mold Remediation needed for entire residence.
Mold can form from elevated levels of humidity. Even though your ac is cooling the home, it can bring in humid air at the same time. Ac systems are built to cool the air and remove humidity. A small malfunction can cause great damage. The mold in this picture is Aspergillus/Penicillium one of the most common molds. Elevated levels of thes spores can cause danger to you and your family. Mold from high humidity can cause a major Mold Remediation. Call us for more info.
HVAC System Causing Mold From High Humidity, Mold Remediation needed for entire Unit
In this case a faulty ac system caused mold throughout the entire unit. A Mold Remediation Protocol was written and tenants had to move out. In this case some of the furniture had to be thrown away. Buy a $10 humidity meter and make sure the humidity stays below 60% in any indoor environment to prevent this from happening to you.
Dehumidification is very import when drying structure.
One of the most common mistakes in a water damage is not using the right equipment to remove moisture from structure. During a mold remediation or water damage commercial dehumidifiers must be installed to extract water unseen from the human eye. a professional mold remediation or water restoration company will do moisture checks until normal levels are reached. Dehumidifiers speed up the drying process and prevent mold from forming.