Frequently Asked Questions
Call a licensed professional. Although symptoms can vary, the most common symptoms seen in people exposed to mold indoors include Nasal and sinus congestion. Eye irritation, such as itchy, red, watery eyes. Wheezing and difficulty breathing. These could be signs of mold sickness.
You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting health problems. Call Wilsons Remediation for a free consultation. Mold may be hidden on the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation). Places such as the back of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc.
Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup. There may be instances, however, when professional judgment may indicate its use. Please note: Dead mold may still cause allergic reactions in some people, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed.
The State of Florida began enforcing Florida Statute 468 in 2011. Licensing of mold assessors and remediators is required. Please check to make sure you are hiring a licensed mold professional.
In short, the answer to this question is “yes.” Both mold assessors and remediators must be legally certified as licensed mold experts. Additionally, Florida law recommends that homeowners keep their mold assessors and their mold remediators separate.
Another way to know if you have mold poisoning is by taking blood tests. Your doctor may take a sample of your blood to examine the presence of mold antibodies. One of the common types of the blood test used for mold symptoms is known as Memory Lymphocyte Immunostimulant Assay, which is abbreviated as MELISA.