As a Licensed Home Inspector in N.Y.S, we are mandated by Law, to not be part of mold inspection mitigation services. This is due to the possibility of Conflict of Interest or biased bids that could take advantage of vulnerable clients. It is in your best interest and highly recommended NOT to use companies that combine these services within the same business. (Not saying any individual company would demonstrate unethical practices). This statement is for your personal peace of mind.
In mitigation services, inspectors monitor process and do a final inspection and close the job out once it is completed. Inspectors have outlines of the job and the mitigation is in communication with the inspector until completion.
WHAT IS MOLD:
Mold is part of the natural environment. Basically, it's everywhere, indoors and outdoors; it's only a determination of what levels of contamination in the event that mold is indoors where it should not be. More than likely, there was a water issue at one point. Mold requires a food source and moisture. High humidity is ideal. Mold grows faster in warmth.
Mold produces toxins (mycotoxins) and allergens (substances that cause allergic reactions ). Invisible spores are released into the air by walking past or touching mold (not recommended).
The irritants in mold are inhaled and can lodge in respiratory tracts and the lungs. Common reactions to mold are sneezing, headaches, runny nose, red eyes and skin rashes (not to excluded medical concerns and conditions that may require an immediate care of a physician). These reactions can be underestimated and passed off as normal seasonal allergy side effects. Elevated situations should be seen by a Doctor. Children, infants, pregnant women, the elderly and people with respiratory issues such as asthma are more perceptible and at higher risk to the reactions from mold.
Bleach does NOT fully remove and or kill mold. It removes the spores, but leaves rooting system that WILL cause it to grow back. Read more about this in the blog section!