Is Your Home Causing You To Be Sick?
We are certified in testing for Mold and Allergens. We will perform an Air Quality test and a physical inspection of your property to locate and determine the type of mold. In some instances additional samples/swabs are required to complete the investigation.
How do I tell if I have a mold problem?
The most practical way to identify a mold problem is by using your eyes and your nose when a suspicious odor presents itself. If you see mold or if there is an earthy or musty smell, you should assume a mold problem exists. Other clues are signs of excess moisture or the worsening of allergy-like symptoms. Having an Air Quality test performed will determine what type(s) of mold/allergens are present. We use certified laboratories to perform our testing and provide reports. click here to see a sample report
Look for visible mold growth (may appear cottony, velvety, granular, or leathery and have varied colors of white, gray, brown, black, yellow, green). Mold often appears as discoloration, staining, or fuzzy growth on the surface of building materials or furnishings. Look for signs of excess moisture or water damage. Look for water leaks, standing water, water stains, and condensation problems. For example, do you see any watermarks or discoloration on walls, ceilings, carpet, woodwork or other building materials? Search behind and underneath materials (carpet and pad, wallpaper, vinyl flooring, sink cabinets), furniture, or stored items (especially things placed near outside walls or on cold floors). Sometimes destructive techniques may be needed to inspect and clean enclosed spaces where mold and moisture are hidden; for example, opening up a wall cavity.
Should I test for mold?
We do not recommend testing for mold yourself. Testing is completed to verify your findings and to determine what type(s) of mold exist. Air testing is the most comprehensive way of determining what types of mold/allergens exist. Knowing the types of mold will determine the mitigation strategy for your remediation. We recommend having a test performed both before and after remediation, by an independent company, the company performing the remediation should be different from the testing company.
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