Although dealing with mold has not been fun, dealing with Axium was a pleasure!! Your inspector was prompt, friendly, very helpful, and all the reports came way faster than expected!!Brian W.
WHY AXIUM INSPECTIONS?
Axium Inspections is nationally certified for mold inspections and mold testing. We are experienced with commercial and residential mold inspections throughout Colorado.
We use top of the line Zefron International Bio-Pump Plus equipment to perform mold air tests and identify concentration levels and species of the mold spores present within your Colorado property.
We send all of our mold test lab samples to a nationally accredited lab for analysis with a fast 48-hour turnaround on lab results.
Our NACHI certified mold inspectors will perform a visual mold inspection, utilizing sophisticated moisture detection equipment to determine areas in your home that may be conducive to mold growth.
This allows our certified mold inspectors to take the proper types of samples in the proper locations within your Colorado home and provide the most accurate mold testing lab results.
More importantly, we are not a Colorado mold mitigation company; what this means for our clients is that they can rest assured that Axium Mold inspections will not tell you you have mold just to get your mold mitigation business.
We will give you the truth of the matter, no matter what.
WHAT IS MOLD?
Mold is a type of fungus that grows in our natural environment when exposed to excess water. Mold spores–tiny microscopic seeds–can be found virtually everywhere, including in homes. They waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually and can grow on home and building materials and furnishings. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. The key to preventing mold growth is to control moisture intrusion.
Colorado Mold InspectionCertified, Unbiased Mold Inspection
- Axium Mold Inspections utilizes a Nationally Accredited lab for our air samples.
- All of our certified mold inspectors are NACHI Certified with the knowledge and experience you should expect from a Colorado mold inspector.
Mold Lab FeesNon-Intrusive, mold samples
- Our Nationally Accredited Lab will provide a COC and the following information about your air samples:
- If you have mold.
- Spore count of mold.
- The severity of mold.
- The species of mold.
- We will have to take a minimum of two mold air samples: one mold test indoors and one mold test outdoors as a control.
HEALTH AND MOLD
How do molds affect people? Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Others who have serious allergies to molds will have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.
EPA’s publication, “Indoor Air Pollution: An Introduction for Health Professionals”, assists health professionals in the diagnosis of patient symptoms that could be related to an indoor air pollution problem. It addresses the health problems that may be caused by contaminants encountered daily in the home and office. The booklet is organized according to pollutant or pollutant groups such as environmental tobacco smoke, VOCs, biological pollutants, and sick building syndrome; it lists key signs and symptoms from exposure to these pollutants, provides a diagnostic checklist and quick reference summary, and includes suggestions for remedial action. Also includes references for information contained in each section. It was developed by the American Lung Association, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the EPA. EPA Document Reference Number 402-R-94-007, 1994.
Allergic reactions: “A major concern associated with exposure to biological pollutants is allergic reactions, which range from rhinitis, nasal congestion, conjunctival inflammation, and urticaria to asthma. Notable triggers for these diseases are allergens derived from house dust mites; other arthropods, including cockroaches; pets (cats, dogs, birds, rodents); molds; and protein-containing furnishings, including feathers, kapok, etc. In occupational settings, more unusual allergens (e.g., bacterial enzymes, algae) have caused asthma epidemics. Probably most proteins of non-human origin can cause asthma in a subset of any appropriately exposed population.”
Consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) has a toll-free telephone number for information and FAXs, including a list of publications: NCEH Health Line 1-888-232-6789.
TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MOLD
- Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
- 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.
- If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
- Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
- 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; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
- Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- 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.
- Prevent condensation: reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
- In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, near classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
- Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, provided that moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
If you have IAQ and mold issues in your school, you should get a copy of the IAQ Tools for Schools Kit. Mold is covered in the IAQ Coordinator’s Guide under Appendix H – Mold and Moisture.
CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR MOLD INSPECTIONHave More Questions?
To speak with one of our knowledgable Denver sales staff and schedule your home mold inspection, call 303-797-6900. We are available 7 days a week, from 7AM to 7PM to schedule your Colorado mold inspection.
We also are qualified and experienced in Denver commercial mold inspections. Our Colorado certified mold inspectors can help you determine how many mold air samples to take, where to take them, and where the source of your mold problem may be.