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Mold thrives in any condition subject to humidity (water infiltration, condensation, etc.). They are found on walls, ceilings, windows, floors, insulation and lining of air ducts and in the basement.

Too often, it is health problems that manifest themselves and which are the first unfortunate consequences of the presence of mold. It is important, especially for people with breathing problems and lung disease, to be alert to physical symptoms that can sound alarm bells.

Physical symptoms that may be related to the presence of mold

  • Irritated eyes, nose and throat;
  • Congestion of the respiratory tract, sinuses, runny nose;
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing;
  • cough and phlegm;
  • In asthmatics, increased frequency of attacks;
  • Allergic-type reaction;
  • Migraine, headache;
  • Tired.
  • Mold testing: the important role of the home inspector

    A certified home inspector is a professional whose skills are recognized by a professional association with rigorous standards of practice . Whether it is a problem of insulation at the MIUF or a presence of residential mold, it is the most able to detect the extent of the problem and to offer you possible solutions and recommendations that ensure the protection and value of your building.
    It will be useful to consider the information provided by the Société d’Habitation du Québec on the importance of mold inspection , in its file on this subject. It indicates in particular the following:
    There are an estimated 1.5 million species of mold in the world. Molds reproduce by generating cells called spores that spread through the air. Mold growth occurs in the presence of a high level of humidity. In the built environment, they can damage materials, decrease the quality of indoor air and, depending on the extent of their growth and the duration of exposure and the state of health of the person being exposed to them, they can affect human health. Regular inspection of the premises is therefore of crucial importance.
    As this sheet indicates, the building inspector’s analysis is not only limited to your home but focuses on two points:
    • the habits of the inhabitants of the buildings which are likely to increase the humidity level to a level favoring the proliferation of molds;
    • analyzing building components to detect the uncontrolled presence of water or humidity or to identify traces of it.
    Finally, the Société d’Habitation du Québec insists on this point regarding the role of the building inspector:
    As the cause of the fungal contamination is not always obvious and that several interveners follow one another, the inspection report is the ideal tool to ensure a follow-up without losing information and thus to reduce as much as possible the risks of errors.

    Mold decontamination

    The primary role of the building inspector is to provide you with a clear and precise diagnosis of the major problems affecting your building. Secondly, it offers you its recommendations in order to solve the identified problems.
    Fungal contamination, or mold, affects the health of occupants through contamination of the ambient air. Clearly, it is suggested to proceed without delay, even if there are no symptoms of deterioration in health linked to the presence of mold . Elderly people, infants, pregnant women, but also people with weakened immune systems or those suffering from respiratory or pulmonary diseases, as well as young children, will be more sensitive to the contaminating effects of mold.
    This is why it is useful, as soon as you are confronted with a confirmed mold problem, to take the appropriate decontamination measures recommended by your home inspector.

    Tips to prevent the presence of mold

    1. If in doubt, have your building inspected by a certified building inspector;
    2. After a water damage, act quickly by adequately drying all the components, eliminate all the porous materials too damaged;
    3. Make sure you maintain a stable humidity level and avoid excessively high levels;
    4. In the bathroom, make sure to limit long showers, that the fan is adequate and that the ventilation allows to evacuate the excessive humidity;
    5. If you are using a humidifier, be sure to choose a model that can detect the humidity level, follow the ratio / temperature instructions and maintain it properly;
    6. Ideally, maintain a humidity level between 30% and 55%;
    7. Ventilate the house, open the windows, ventilate!
    Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about mold detection methods.