Protect your family from a myriad of potential health problems by checking for mold growth.
Mold spores are virtually everywhere, making mold difficult to avoid. While it's usually harmless to humans, mold can become a problem when it grows indoors. Indoor mold growth can occur anywhere that has a supply of moisture. Places like an improperly ventilated attic, crawlspace, improperly installed insulation, plumbing leaks, flooded areas, and more. Mold growth can even start in as little as 24 hours.
Mold is not only disgusting, it's also potentially dangerous. Some people have sensitivities to mold (allergies), and can experience Hay Fever like symptoms year round. In the cases of infants, elderly, asthmatics, and people with suppressed immune systems or lung disease can have much more severe issues. Mold may even be linked to respiratory illnesses in otherwise healthy children. Research in this area is still ongoing, so all mold should be treated as hazardous for the safety of your family.
Black mold acquired a very ominous reputation after being connected to a cluster of acute pulmonary hemorrhage/hemosiderosis (bleeding of the lungs) cases among infants in Cleveland, Ohio in 1994. Although black mold is less common than many other types of mold, it is not rare. While research into the connection between black mold and major health problems is still in progress, it should be treated similarly to other serious health threats like asbestos, lead, and radon.
We'll search for any indications of current or previous indoor mold growth, and give recommendations to eliminate the problem. Common problem areas include the attic, crawlspace, basement, and around plumbing fixtures — though mold can grow anywhere as long as there's moisture. The most important part of any mold inspection is identifying the moisture source. The mold cannot be eliminated unless the moisture problem is resolved.
Copeland Home Inspections provides mold inspections in Bulloch, Screven, Effingham, Bryan, Evans, Candler, Emanuel, and Jenkins Counties including Statesboro, Swainsboro, Savannah, Augusta, and surrounding communities. Not sure if that's you? Give us a call at (912) 682-5198 or send us an email.
The health and safety of our families and community is our greatest concern. Based on current guidance from health officials, we are taking the following steps to ensure that we continue to serve you during these unprecedented times:
🏡 We are temporarily asking that you NOT accompany us during the inspection. This is a departure from our normal recommendation, but is based on CDC advice to maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals. We are happy to follow up by phone immediately following the inspection. If you must attend, please limit attendance to one representative and their agent.
🏡 We understand that individuals may be unexpectedly occupying the home during this time due to school closures and remote work situations. If at all possible, we ask that all occupants relocate to an outdoor or alternate space during the inspection.
🏡 We will have gloves, soap, hand sanitizer, and paper towels with us at all times. We will not schedule inspections when we are sick. We are happy to wear a mask if the homeowner requests that we do so.
It is up to all of us to stop the spread of this disease. With the few adjustments we mentioned above, we believe it is safe to continue inspecting properties at this time. Please know that we continue to monitor emerging developments and will update these guidelines as appropriate. Wishing you all good health!
Copeland Home Inspections