Mold Inspections

Kansas city mold inspectorWelcome To M3 Real Estate Mold Assessments and mold Inspections.
My Name is David Moriconi, I own M3 Inspection and I am the InterNACHI trained mold inspector who will be performing your mold inspection/mold assessment.
M3 Inspection has been in the Mold Assessment and Testing Profession since 2004. We do not perform mold mitigation work, which means: We will never give you false information, up-sell you on services, or give you false laboratory test results. We will furnish you an exact, easy to follow Laboratory Report and mold inspection report, we will also furnish you a letter of explanation which contains the types and levels of mold, with procedures to follow up with. You can TRUST M3 Inspection, we have no hidden agenda to have you spend more of your hard earned money, we want only to give you the facts of the mold issues in the home. I am certified and trained by national mold laboratories and schools, all recognized by the US EPASo call M3 Inspection to get Peace of Mind.

 

Here is what I do to ENSURE you get the MOST ACCURATE  Mold inspection results.
I take up to 3  AIir Samples for $319.00 (other companies only take 2 in their base rate)
Why 3 air samples? This allows me to check 2 different levels of the home. Keep in mind 1 sample is always for the Outdoor Air for a base line the other sample(s) are in the house.

IS YOUR OWN HOME MAKING YOU SICK?mold assessments

WHAT IS MOLD?
Mold is a multi celled, microscopic organism that can be found almost anywhere in the world. Mold spores have even been found in heated volcanic ash.

Some people are at higher health risks than others with exposure to mold. For instance:

  • Young Children and Infants
  • The Elderly
  • People With Compromised Immune Systems
  • Pregnant Women
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    Mold growing on drywall from a wet basement floor

    People Who Already Have Respiratory Issues

Moisture is the main reason excessive mold is found inside of buildings. Moisture control is also the key to preventing and fixing mold issues indoors. Below are a few examples of moisture issues that can cause mold problems:

  • Previous or current Flooding
  • Roof Leaks
  • Excessive use of Humidifiers
  • High Humidity in Basements or Crawl Spaces
  • Leaks in Plumbing Lines and Fixtures
  • Condensation and Lack of Insulation
  • Household Plants
  • Steam from showers, baths, and cooking
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    Mold from leaking toilet seal

    Laundry areas that are not properly ventilated

  • Roof ventilation issues

If You Have One or More of the Symptoms below, You May Have a Mold Problem!

Mold can cause (or make worse) a large and wide range of health issues including:

  • Wheezing and Shortness of Breath
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Red, Watery Eyes
  • Eyes, Nose, & Throat Irritation
  • Irritation of the Skin and Rashes
  • Muscle Aches and Pains
  • High Fevers
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Flu-Like Symptoms

The following is a list of possible symptoms associated with exposure to known TOXIC MOLDS like Stachybotrys:mold in kansas city

  • Pulmonary hemosiderosis (bleeding in the lungs)
  • Upper and Lower Respiratory Issues
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Eye, ears, and sensory issues
  • Dry, hacking, and deep coughs
  • Sore/irritated throat
  • Chronic fatigue and depression
  • Skin irritations and painful rashes
  • Issues with the Central Nervous Systems (constant headaches, memory issues, mood swings)
  • Aches & pains in the muscles
  • High Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Immune suppression

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    Mold growing under bathroom flooring

 

Mold is found on may things throughout the home, including  food, plants, and other organic items. We even eat food with mold in it, such as Blue Cheese. Mold can also be found on cardboard, paper, ceiling tiles, gypsum board (sheetrock), carpeting and the carpet padding, wood, plaster, and many other types of building components or anything that has enough organic material for the mold to eat, in air conditioning air handlers/systems and air conditioning ducts.

 

 

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Mold Inside Cooling Duct

Mold is very common and essential to nature. With poor ventilation, high humidity, and the right materials, mold may grow to un-acceptable levels in your home. Many undiagnosed cases of allergies and sinusitis are caused by the presence of mold in your home. Some mold is harmless, others very aggravating to your health,some may be deadly. M3 Inspection can inspect and test your home for the presence of mold and determine what may be causing its growth and how it may be eliminated or controlled. Samples from swabs and from the air are taken and sent to a laboratory to determine exactly which mold is present.

 

THREE MAJOR MOLD GROUPS:
Mold/multi-celled organic growth is basically organized into 3 basic groups according to how human physiology responds to them:

The Three Catagories Are: PATHOGENIC, ALLERGENIC, AND TOXIGENIC

Pathogenic Mold Growth
Pathogenic mold growth will for the most part cause some type of infection to humans. When someone has a suppressed immune system or other immune disorder it can cause very serious health effects. Generally speaking, these types of molds do not adversly effet healthy people, as a healthy person’s immune system is able to resist various doses of it. At times, unusually high exposures to these types of molds can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis (an acute response to exposure to certain types of organisms).

Allergenic Mold Growth
Allergenic mold groth does not typically produce life threatening components or life threatening health issues, but do effect those who are allergic to them. Some people may be allergic to one type of mold species but not another, and the reverse may be true for another individual. Typically, these types of molds produce relatively mild health symptoms such as coughing, eye and throat irritation, and other issues.

Toxigenic Mold Groth
Mycotoxins – toxic substances created by organic growth. These can cause issues ( ranging from mild to very serious health effects) in almost anyone exposed to them. These toxic agents cause health issues ranging from short-term eye and throat irritation to immunosuppression and in some cases even cancer. Therefore, whenever toxigenic molds are found in the home, great care should be taken, further evaluation is recommended, and a qualified physician should be consulted.

More Information On Pathogenic Molds:
The word pathogenic literal means “causing disease”. Normal, healthy individuals are not typically effected by these molds, but they usually effect those who have compromised immune systems. Sometimes though, high exposure to these types of molds can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis (an acute response to exposure to certain organisms). Individuals who have compromised immune systems would likely be: infants and young children- their immune systems are generally not fully developed yet, the elderly – many times the elderly have other health issues and as we age our immune systems are not able to handle as much, and anyone who has been exposed to AIDS, pneumonia, bronchitis, and many other types respiratory infections or other illnesses.

More Information on Allergenic Mold Growth:
Seasonal allergies are something that plague countless thousands of people every year. People allergic to certain types of molds may have symptoms in the spring time until late fall – and this is typically because of the mold growth found outside. The mold spore season typically peaks in mid-July until late August. Pollen typically does not survive killing frosts,but mold spores can – and do. While many molds do dormant during the cold, some species continue to grow is sub-freezing temperatures. While the snow cover on the ground and vegetation lowers the outdoor mold count in the air, it does not kill all mold growth. After the thaw in the Spring time, molds begin to thrive again with the new warmth and moisture. In very warm climates, mold can cause many people to suffer allergic reactions year round.

More Information On Toxic Molds:
“Black Mold” is a term that many people are familiar with. “Black Mold” is considered an urban myth by some, because most molds eventually turn black, whether they are toxic or not. It is a term that is often used in reference to toxic mold; molds that are know to present health risks to humans and animals by producing Mycotoxins. Mycotoxins(poisons) are fungal metabolites that have been identified as toxic agents. It should be noted, however, that not all black mold is toxic and that not all toxic mold is black. In fact, there are over 400,000 different types of mold and many of them are black in color of which only a portion have been identified. Black Mold and/or toxic mold are terms often used to identify Stachybotrys. Many fungi (Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium, Trichoderma, and Memnoniella) can produce mycotoxins, some of which are identical to compounds produced by Stachybotrys. For this reason, Stachybotrys can not be treated as uniquely toxic in indoor environments.cases, high exposure

For more information, Please see this Mold Article from InterNACHI and this Mold Section of the EPA website.

 Kansas City Mold Inspections

We provide mold inspections and mold assessments Kansas City and Surrounding Areas in Kansas and Missouri, such as:

MISSOURI AREAS – Platte City, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Belton, Grain Valley, Grandview, Greenwood, Blue Springs, Buckner, Excelsior Springs, Gladstone, Harrisonville, Higginsville, Independence, Kansas City, Kearney, Lathrop, Lawson, Lee’s Summit, Lexington, Liberty, Lone Jack, North Kansas City, Oak Grove, Odessa, Parkville, and Raytown.

KANSAS AREAS-  Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, verland Park, Prairie Village, Stillwell, Roeland Park, Mission, Fairway, Gardner, Kansas City, Mission Hills, Olathe, O Shawnee, and Westwood

We serve the Kansas City Metro & Surrounding Areas in Kansas and Missouri, such as:

MISSOURI - Belton, Blue Springs, Buckner, Excelsior Springs, Gladstone, Grain Valley, Grandview, Greenwood, Harrisonville, Higginsville, Independence, Kansas City, Kearney, Lathrop, Lawson, Lee’s Summit, Lexington, Liberty, Lone Jack, North Kansas City, Oak Grove, Odessa, Parkville, Platte City, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, and Raytown.

KANSAS - Fairway, Gardner, Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Stillwell, and Westwood