A lot of attention in the construction industry has recently been placed on microbial contamination, typically fungus. This microorganism is commonly found outdoors in most of the human environment. When it grows indoors it is called mold and when it grows on fabric it is called mildew.

Fungal growth (mold & mildew) indoors is a problem because most species of fungus release a mycotoxin that can cause discomfort or health problems in humans and animals. Mold and mildew should be removed before it contaminates the entire building and occupants. The cause of the mold and mildew growth must be determined and eliminated if the problem is to be solved.

Moisture control is the key to microbial contamination. Fungi need both food and water to survive; since fungi can digest most things found in buildings, water is the factor that limits fungi growth. Microbial contamination will often take place in damp or wet areas indoors. Common sources or causes of water or moisture problems include roof, wall & window leaks, deferred maintenance, condensation associated with high humidity in the building, localized flooding due to plumbing failures, slow leaks in plumbing fixtures, and malfunction or poor design of dehumidification systems. Uncontrolled humidity (infiltration) can also be a source of moisture leading to microbial contamination, particularly in hot and humid climates.

Typical microbial problems in buildings come from poor design, construction and maintenance of exterior building components, air conditioning and ventilation systems and plumbing systems which allows moisture intrusion. The Holmes Agency, Inc. has the necessary skills and personnel to identify, determine the cause, and provide remediation protocol of mold and mildew growth in buildings.

Typical services provided:

• Visual Assessment of Mold & Mildew Contamination of the Indoor Environment
• Bioaerosols Assessment of the Indoor and Outdoor Environment
• Causation Determination of Mold & Mildew Growth