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Ten Things You Should Know about Mold according to the EPA


  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dish-washing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

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Mold in Charleston


Mold and/or mold spores are present in every home.  The mold type, quantity (spore count), and environment determines how to deal with it.  The only way to determine the type of mold that is present in your home is to have it tested.


Not all molds are the same.  Some molds produce harmful mycotoxins and most molds give allergic reactions. Such as; itchy watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, skin rash; and various infections. Other molds such as stachybotrys chartarum also known as "black mold" or "toxic mold" can cause asthma or other severe respiratory health problems and should be remediated and reported to your health provider if you have been exposed and are experiencing respiratory problems.


As a certified IAQ/Mold Inspector and a member of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2) we can perform mold testing that provide you with the information you need in order to determine how to deal with the presence of mold.


Our mold inspection services include sampling (by means of swab, lift, and/or air), lab testing, environmental assessment, and proposed suggestions for mold remediation and/or sanitization. You can rely on our services to collect the information you need to make the educated decisions required to provide a healthier indoor environment for you and your family or business.


We provide Mold testing only.  We do not conduct remediation services, therefore we provide you with an unbiased mold assessment and recommendations that may save you thousands.  This insures that you are not being sold expensive mold remediation services if not needed.   Our air testing  is a snapshot to determine if a problem exists and if more in depth testing and remediation is necessary.