Many inspection companies will advertise a visible mold inspection. This type of mold inspection only informs you if mold is seen. At F.P.D. we can add laboratory testing to any full home inspection or any infrared scan inspection to determine what specific type of mold is present and in what quantities. We do this by partnering with the leading laboratory in the State of Florida to supply you with accurate results.
Molds are the most typical form of fungus found on earth, comprising approximately 25% of the earth's biomass. Inhalation exposure to mold indoors can cause negative health effects. Molds produce allergens, irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Breathing in mold may also cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an uncommon disease that resembles bacterial pneumonia. In addition, mold exposure may result in opportunistic infections in persons whose immune systems are weakened or suppressed. Mold contamination also has a detrimental effect on the structural integrity of the home, rotting wood and other fibers and can produce unsightly growth and odors.