Microscope, established in 1999 is located in Fort Myers and Naples FL. Microscope specializes exclusively in mold remediation. Microscope has completed many mold cleanup projects for residential, institutional & commercial customers throughout Florida and the United States.
"Mold" refers to more than a million species of microscopic fungi. Mold spores are seeds; spores continually travel through indoor & outdoor air, germinating when they land on surfaces with excess moisture and an organic food source.
Building materials such as wood, carpet, sheet-rock and particle board are likely places for mold growth. Spore germination can happen within 24 to 48 hours, and some spores may remain viable for many years.
Microscope has completed hundreds of projects for residential customers. One of the first businesses of its kind, Microscope offers a complete suite of indoor air quality services.
Cladosporium is most commonly identified as an outdoor fungus, with high spore count in the summer months. Indoors, it’s usually found on in the fiberglass liner inside air ducts. Its indoor food sources include food, paint and textiles.
Aspergillus is considered to be wholly allergenic and may be parasitic. Depending on the fungus’ food source, some species may produce toxins that may or may not be considered potential human carcinogens.
Penicillium is most commonly found in carpet, wallpaper and interior fiberglass duct insulation. It’s a relatively wide mold classification. Some species can produce toxins.
Strachybotrys Chartarum (“black mold”), the most deadly form of mold, is relatively rare. Chiefly an indoor fungus, it’s dark-colored (greenish-black) and slow-growing, but can be poisonous when inhaled. Even non viable spores are allergenic and toxic.
Mold grows where excess moisture is present. A variety of conditions can cause moisture problems, including roof, window and plumbing leaks; condensation; flooding; and excess humidity (generally above 60% - 70%).
Tightly sealed buildings, such as those constructed during the energy crisis 20-30 years ago, may be a fertile environment for mold because they do not allow moisture to escape easily.
There is also documented evidence indicating a high level of mold problems in newly constructed buildings, due to poor construction practices or using modern, water-permeable building materials such as gypsum board, plywood and paper-type insulation.