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CONTACT CLEAN AIR PLUS
MOLD INFECTED CRAWL SPACE
AIR DUCT CLEANING
WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
THERMAL IMAGE INSPECTIONS
TYPES OF MOLD
CAUSES FOR MOLD GROWTH
EXPOSURE TO MOLD
Louisville: (502) 499-9898 Lexington: (859) 255-0448
Cincinatti: (513) 874-6653
Toll Free: (800) 611-3826
Finding toxic mold is very important since it can be hidden almost anywhere.
Hidden toxic mold and toxic mold spores can be hidden in cabinets, closets and
underneath carpeting and behind wallpaper.
A visual inspection is the most important initial step in identifying a possible
contamination problem. The extent of any water damage and mold growth
should be visually assessed. This assessment is important in
remedial strategies. Ventilation systems should also be visually checked,
particularly for damp filters but also for damp conditions elsewhere in the
system and overall cleanliness.
Ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard (sheetrock), cardboard, paper, and other
cellulosic surfaces should be given careful attention during a visual inspection.
The use of equipment such as a boroscope, to view spaces in ductwork or
behind walls, or a moisture meter, to detect moisture in building materials,
may be helpful in identifying hidden sources of fungal growth and the extent of
The inspector uses instruments such as hygrometers, boroscope (fiber optics)
and protimeters (moisture level meters) where necessary to detect any hidden
moisture or high levels of moisture and potential mold growth behind the walls,
around plumbing fixtures, around areas such as bathtubs/showers and sinks,
ceilings, floors and sub floors to determine
the areas of potential mold growth
and continuous moisture penetration.
Ventilation systems should be visually inspected particularly for damp
filters, standing water in condensation pan and overall cleanliness. Inspector
also observes the ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard (sheetrock), drywall; areas
covered by wallpaper, cardboard paper and other cellulostic surfaces.
The inspector will also thoroughly inspect the attic spaces looking for any visible
signs of previous water damage or roof leaks. A roof leak can be caused by
improper roof flashing around the chimney area or improperly laid shingles.
While in the attic space, the inspector is also looking at the rafters to determine
whether any visible mold growth is present. Using the protimeter and hydrometer,
the inspector will observe the levels of humidity and measure the levels of moisture.
Clean Air Corporate Office 10300 Linn Station Road, Suite 432
Louisville, Kentucky 40223
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