I’m working with a client who has severe allergies to mold. She is moving to Colorado from another state, and she has questions about the frequency of mold problems in Colorado. I don’t have enough experience with mold to answer all her questions, so hopefully some of you Colorado readers do.
When you have done mold sampling, how often has mold been found?
Are some areas (foothills, plains, mountains) more likely than others to have mold, or does it depend more on the house’s interior environment?
What about the frequency of “nontoxic” versus “toxic” molds?
Educate her about how to do daily maintenance around her house and she should have no problems whatsoever with mold. For example, don’t store chemicals in the sink cabinets, have the roof inspected at least annually, have the water shutoff valves everywhere (toilets, main, sinks, etc.) tested at least annually, etc. And if she is severely sensitive or allergic like I am, then she should move to San Diego or have everything tested/inspected more often.
Daily maintenance is very easy and is much better than waiting until problems occur or a disaster happens. It just takes a willingness to educate the public About Homes.
James, I live in NW Colorado and while I have done less than 100 inspections, the ones that I have found mold in are due to extreme moisture conditions.(roof leaks, high humidity from hot tubs and improper grading/draining ect)
any of which should be found by a home inspection.
Not sure about your area but here the low humidity (average about 15-20%) helps, harder for mold to grow.
Hope this helps,
FYI: It is not which lighter considered toxic molds are detected, it is at what level that matters.
This is the lab that published the article stating that there is no accurate studies the prove the molds put out mycotoxins inside homes. That is true, but there is no way of detecting mycotoxins in the field, so far just in labs. which lab studies say that they do. They like to confuse the subject on mold by not telling the whole story.
There is a company called Integrity Air Quality and supposedly they can identify the different types of mold using sophisticated proprietary equipment. If your client knows what type of mold they are allergic to then maybe this company can help.