Mold Inspection & Assessment Services:
Mold is a general term used to refer to a wide range of fungi. Harmless mold colonies are utilized in food production such as meats and cheeses, as well as the pharmaceutical industry in the form on penicillin. However, when the wrong kind of mold spores are present in large concentrations, they present human health hazards that range from respiratory problems to neurological diseases. Distinguishing between harmful and harmless mold can only be determined through laboratory testing, as spores are undetectable by the human eye.
For more information, please visit:
The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Mold Website
New York State Department of Health Mold Website
The New York State Department of Labor requires that an individual who carries out mold assessment be a Certified Mold Assessor. The Certified Mold Assessor will:
Carry out a Mold Assessment
Put together a Mold Remediation Plan
Do a post-remediation assessment (after remediation by a Mold Remediation Contractor) and issue a written passed clearance report
Vincent Coakley Mold Assessor, NYS DOL Certification # MAO1437
Home Tech Inspections Inc., Mold Assessor Company License # 01258
Mold in Homes:
Apart from its health effects, mold can damage interior finishes and the structure of your home.
Mold in dwellings is caused by moisture or water penetration left untreated. If there has been water damage, roof or plumbing leaks, or flooding, mold may grow and flourish, often behind finishes or in inaccessible areas, and remain unseen. Undetected and/or untreated mold can eat through building materials and cause serious structural damage.
The following are some signs that mold might be present:
Evidence of water; damage, staining, penetration
Poorly maintained HVAC systems
Construction defects or deterioration
Dryer vented indoors
Inadequate or no bathroom/kitchen ventilation
Surfaces with a hairy covering
Soil around foundation that remains damp or wet