2 – Limited Mold Inspection
The following areas, systems, or components had visible mold growth, the presence of moisture or moisture intrusion, and/or conditions that are conducive to mold growth:
Exterior basement access drain backed up in some fashion and caused about a foot and a half of standing water at the basement door access. Landlord had the carpets removed and fans placed to dry it out. At the time of mold sampling the moisture content was elevated at concrete in bedroom as well as plaster in bedroom closet. Also observed minor elevated moisture content in the living room wood supports. there were no visible signs of a mold like substance at the time of the inspection therefore a swab sample was not taken.
A qualified mold mitigation contractor should evaluate further and repair or replace as necessary and according to current standards.
Quantity and concentration of “marker” spore types:
Basement Bedroom : 181 – Moderate
This score indicates the likelihood that certain distinctive types of mold present in the indoor sample originated from indoor sources. Certain types of mold are generally found in very low numbers outdoors. Consequently, their presence indoors, even in relatively low numbers compared to Penicillium, for example, is often an indication that these molds are originating from growth indoors. When present, these mold types are often the clearest indicator of a mold problem. Note, however, that the absence of marker spore types does not mean that a mold problem does not exist in a house; it just means that if a problem is present, it either involves types of mold that are more commonly found both indoors and outdoors, or that the spores from these molds were not airborne at the time of sampling.
Distribution: Chaetomium is a common mold worldwide. This genus contains around 80 – 90 different species.
How it is spread: Chaetomium spores are formed inside fruiting bodies. The spores are released by being forced out through a small opening in the fruiting body. The spores are then dispersed by wind, water drops, or insects.
Where it is found outdoors: Chaetomium can be found in soil, on various seeds, cellulose substrates, dung, woody materials and straw.
Where it is found indoors: Chaetomium can grow in a variety of areas indoors, but is usually found on cellulose based or woody materials in the home. It is very common on sheetrock paper that is or has been wet.
We recommend that you consult with an EPA certified mold mitigation company if you are not familiar with how to locate and safely remove mold growth or how to identify and correct moisture problems that may exist.
Recommend contacting a qualified mold mitigation company for further evaluation of the moderate or high levels of “Marker” spore types – Stachybotrys, that were identified in the air sample that was taken at the time of the inspection. A recommendation for a local company is Spectrum Cleaning and Restoration at 720-316-6850.