Mold produces allergens, irritants, and musty odors (volatile organic compounds), all of which can cause adverse health reactions. Some mold species also produce dangerous mycotoxins which can cause disease. If you are concerned that your home or workplace may have mold, call us today to discuss your specific concerns.
Following the standards set forth by the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO), CFL Environmental Solutions offers the following proven approach to identify the source of the moisture/mold if possible, delineate the extent of the problem, and most importantly provide recommendations (instructions) to correct the problem:
If mold remediation is recommended, CFL Environmental Solutions will be happy to discuss the recommended remediation activities with the client and the client’s chosen remediation company. CFL does not hold a financial interest in any remediation company, as that would be a CONFLICT OF INTEREST. As regulated and licensed by the State of Florida, a company must operate either as a mold assessment company or a mold remediation company, not both.
After the mold remediation company has completed its work (but before payment is made to them), CFL Environmental Solutions strongly recommends that a Post Remediation Test (also called a Clearance Test) be performed to confirm that the mold remediation was successful.
Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and are usually dormant. However, when mold spores are exposed to moisture (from a roof or plumbing leak, condensation, or high humidity) along with an organic food source (such as indoor dust or drywall), mold will grow. Mold growth can occur within 24 to 48 hours, especially if the moisture source remains undiscovered or unaddressed.
Mold is a microscopic organism which produces mold spores (seeds) that become airborne. Mold also produces volatile organic compounds, which humans detect as musty odors. Some types of mold produce toxic compounds known as mycotoxins, which may be very harmful to susceptible individuals.
Below are links to additional resources regarding preventing mold, treating mold, and its adverse health effects:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
Ionizers & Other Ozone Generating Air Cleaners
Air Conditioning Square Footage Range by Climate Zone
FEMA Household Hazardous Materials - A Guide for Citizens
Potential Health Hazards in Air Fresheners