Fungi Friday: Chaetomium

~~FUNGI FRIDAY~~ Genus: Chaetomium Chaetomium is a genus of mold commonly found in plant debris, soil, and wood. If it makes its way inside, it can also be found on cellulose items, drywall, paper and both softwood and hardwood. Compared to others, Chaetomium is a fast growing mold that is also unique because it it…

Purpose of Outdoor Air Samples

When performing a mold assessment or indoor air quality test, we always set up a BioPump outdoors and take a sample of outdoor air. This may seem odd when the area of concern is indoors, but this actually a crucial step for a proper assessment. Most mold types are naturally found in the outdoor air…

Past Client – HVAC Leak

Take a look below at a recent spot a customer of ours uncovered during a home reno project! They contacted us for a full mold assessment and protocol . As savy DIY-ers, they were able to remediate the problem themselves after using the protocol we provided and save some cash. Call now at 813-924-4721 to…

Fungi Friday – Aspergillus

Genus: AspergillusSpecies: fumigatus (pictured) Aspergillus is a very common fungi included on Mold Testing Reports because it is found in almost every indoor space and we breathe it in daily. However, Aspergillus becomes dangerous when its concentrations increase to high levels inside of the home. Immunocompromised individuals and those with lung diseases are particularly susceptible…

Testing Method – IR Scan

Mold Testing Methods: Limited Infrared (IR) Scans Infrared (IR) scanning for water detection is an excellent way to help determine the source of moisture build up that we can’t always find with the naked eye. The process works by utilizes infrared technology to detect temperature variations associated with moisture or water intrusion in building materials.…

Past Client – Roof Leak

Pipe leaks aren’t the only source of moisture that causes mold growth.. this customer’s damage was the result of a roof leak. Read what this customer had to say about the process: “I had several discolored areas on the ceilings that were found when the roof was replaced for an insurance claim. I wasn’t sure…

Fungi Friday – Cladosporium

Genus: Cladosporium Species: herbarum (pictured) Cladosporium is another common fungi included on Mold Testing Reports because it is the most frequently occuring fungal species in air. While it does have the capability to produce toxins, they are usually only an issue when found in very high concentrations on wheat fed to animals. Cladosporium is problematic…

Past Clients – Ceiling

Despite trying to hide behind this fun wallpaper pattern, mold was found in another bathroom by this client who called us for testing. If you participate in Spring cleaning, make sure to keep an eye out around your bathrooms, ceilings, kitchen cabinets and windows for discolored areas that could possibly be mold growth. Find something…

Past Clients

Keep an eye out for our yard signs around town! This customer of ours went above and beyond to have testing performed in their rentals to ensure no mold growth was present, keeping the health of their tenants in mind. Mold does not always have to be visible for testing to be beneficial… sometimes testing…