Mold Services

Orion Environmental:  Mold testing in Knox County, Sevier County, Anderson County, Blount County, and East Tennessee.  Mold remediation protocols, post remediation indoor air monitoring. Certified Mold Inspector.

Mold Facts

Molds are microscopic organisms that play an important role in the breakdown of plant and animal matter. Outdoors, molds can be found in shady, damp or wet areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoor molds can grow on virtually any surface, as long as moisture, oxygen, and organic material are present. When molds are disturbed, they release tiny cells called spores into the surrounding air. 

Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are the most common forms of mold?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common indoor molds are:  Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, Aspergillus, and Stachybotrys chartarum   (also known as black mold or toxic mold).

What are some of the health effects associated with mold exposure?  

Symptoms stemming from mold spore exposure may include:

  • Nasal and sinus congestion

  • Eye irritation

  • Blurred vision

  • Sore throat

  • Chronic cough

  • Skin rash

Some people are very sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

After contact with certain molds, individuals with chronic respiratory disease may have difficulty breathing, and people who have compromised immune systems may be at increased risk for lung infection. Studies have shown that mold exposure during the first year of life may increase the risk of childhood asthma.

Where are molds found?

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing.

Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.  If you have had a roof leak, water pipe leak, unvented clothes dryer, or other form of water intrusion into your home, conditions for mold growth are likely present.   

 

Mold Cleanup and Removal (Remediation)

The most important step in controlling mold is to identify and remove the source of moisture into your home or business.  If the source of moisture is not identified and stopped, mold will likely return and continue to grow.  Once the source of moisture had been identified and stopped, mold remediation can begin.

  • Apply These Steps to Your Home or Place of Business

  •  Identify and fix the Moisture Problem

  • Begin Drying All Wet Materials

  • Remove & Dispose of Mold-Contaminated Materials

  • Clean Impacted Surfaces

  • Disinfect Impacted Surfaces

  • Remain on Mold Alert/Awareness

Mold Resources for More Information

Orion Environmental mold testing in Knox County, Sevier County, Anderson County, Blount County, and East Tennessee has included single- and multifamily homes, and commercial and industrial buildings.