Mold Inspection and Professional Mold Testing Services
If you are a home or business owner living in a humid environment, or if your property has recently been the victim of a natural disaster such as a storm or flood, then it is highly likely that you have an issue with mold.
Mold is a fungal growth that forms and spreads on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter, such as the wood and fabrics of your home. They may be found all year round, indoors and out, in all kinds of weather. If left unchecked, mold can expose you and other people to the following:
- Black Mold can cause possible respiratory health-related complications
- Mold can cause weakened structural integrity of your home
- A decreased market value, making it harder to sell when the time comes
- In some cases, mold can even contaminate the water supply
How We Help With Mold Problems
As one of the leading providers of disaster cleanup services, AAA Standard Services delivers nothing less than the gold standard in high-quality and effective cleanup and restoration.
Whether your property has just been destroyed by flood waters, ravaged by a fire, or has been gradually encroached upon by lethal mold spores, there are very few disaster-related issues we cannot handle.
With our mold testing services, you can expect nothing less than certified specialists to search through every inch of your property, uncovering any and every single mold development there is.
Just give us a call and let our trademark expertise do the rest.
Our Mold Inspection Process
Our staff quickly mobilizes to offer the answer within an hour of receiving your call or email. You can count on us to provide you with our top-notch services whenever you need them since we are accessible any time of day, seven days a week.
When we arrive, our professionals will do a preliminary assessment and evaluation to determine the severity of the problem. Since each of our experts is Certified Mold Remediators (CMR), we have a lot of expertise in mold removal and prevention. Before we let you know which areas might benefit from our mold cleanup services, we will conduct the most comprehensive of mold testings. Nothing will be carried out without your explicit consent.
Our other offerings include the assistance of environmental professionals, insurance specialists, restoration specialists, high-tech equipment, and a full variety of deodorizing and disinfection chemicals to ensure that we only provide comprehensive solutions to your post-disaster needs.
Mold Inspection and Testing: A Comprehensive Guide
Mold can cause serious problems in homes and businesses if left unchecked. This comprehensive guide covers how to identify mold, when to test for it, mold testing methods, health effects, remediation, and prevention tips.
What is Mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that grows in damp, humid environments. It produces spores that float through the air. Mold spreads quickly and can be different colors like black, white, orange, green, or purple. Any surface area with excess moisture can develop mold growth.
Identifying Signs of Mold
There are several ways to identify a possible mold problem:
- Visible Mold Growth
Look for fuzzy or slimy growth on walls, floors, ceilings, wood, carpet, drywall, insulation, or HVAC systems. Mold often appears in bathrooms, basements, attics, kitchens, or near water sources. Black mold behind walls may cause visible stains.
- Musty Odors
Mold produces a distinct musty, earthy smell. If you notice odd odors, especially after rain or in moist parts of the home, it may indicate mold.
- Excess Moisture
High humidity, condensation, plumbing leaks, roof leaks, flooding, overflows, and other water intrusions encourage mold growth. Monitor your home for excess dampness.
- Poor Air Circulation
Stagnant air allows mold to thrive. Ensure bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements have proper ventilation. Check that vents aren’t blocked.
- Health Symptoms
Allergic reactions like runny noses, eye irritation, coughing, headaches, and breathing difficulties upon entering certain rooms may signal mold exposure. Children and those with respiratory issues are most vulnerable.
When to Test for Mold
It’s recommended to test for mold in the following situations:
- – Visible mold growth, musty odors or moisture problems
- – Renovations that could have stirred up hidden mold
- – Health symptoms possibly linked to mold
- – After any flooding, plumbing leaks or water damage
- – Regularly for commercial buildings vulnerable to mold
- – Buying or selling a home to check for hidden mold issues
- – After professional mold remediation to confirm it worked
Mold Testing Methods
Professional mold testing is strongly recommended over DIY mold test kits. Testing should be done by a trained mold inspector or environmental professional. There are four main types of mold tests:
- Air Testing
Air samples measure mold spore concentrations indoors versus outdoors. This can identify if high levels of mold are present even if no visible mold is found. Air testing is fast and results detect both living and dead mold.
- Surface Testing
Samples are collected from surfaces like carpets, walls, and HVAC systems to test for mold growth. Swabs, tape lifts and bulk samples are analyzed to find contamination. This locates specific problem spots.
- Mold Cultures
Culturing takes samples and grows mold colonies in a controlled lab environment to identify the exact mold species present. This is useful for identifying toxic black mold like stachybotrys.
- Infrared Thermal Imaging
This highly accurate technique uses thermal cameras to pinpoint hidden moisture issues within walls, roofs or foundations by mapping thermal patterns. It finds excess moisture that may lead to unseen mold growth.
Health Effects of Mold
Exposure to mold spores can cause multiple symptoms, especially for those sensitive or allergic to mold:
- – Coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing
- – Nasal congestion, runny nose, sinusitis
- – Eye irritation (itchy, burning, red, watery eyes)
- – Skin irritation (rashes, hives)
- – Sore throat, headache, fatigue
- – Worsening of asthma or allergies
Children, infants, elderly and those with respiratory conditions or weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to mold’s effects. Toxic black mold like stachybotrys chartarum can severely impact health. See a doctor if you have ongoing reactions in areas with mold.
Professional Mold Remediation
If testing confirms a mold issue, hire a professional mold remediation company like AAA Standard Services to properly remove large mold infestations. Remediation involves:
- – Full containment and isolation of affected areas
- – Using HEPA vacuums, anti-microbials, and other methods to remove mold
- – Drying and dehumidifying damp areas
- – Cleaning HVAC systems to prevent spreading spores
- – Disposing of contaminated materials that can’t be sufficiently cleaned
- – Returning affected areas to pre-loss condition
Follow up testing should be done after to confirm mold levels are back to safe levels.
Mold Prevention Tips
Mold needs moisture to grow, so the key is controlling humidity and excess dampness:
- – Maintain low indoor humidity below 50 percent
- – Use exhaust fans, increase ventilation in problem rooms
- – Fix any plumbing leaks quickly
- – Routinely inspect for hidden water damage
- – Clean and dry wet spots fully within 24-48 hours
- – Make sure rain drainage slopes away from home’s foundation
- – Use dehumidifiers and air conditioning during humid months
- – Add insulation around pipes to reduce condensation
- – Clean moldy surfaces with a mix of bleach and water
Take Action Against Mold Today
Don’t ignore signs of mold or musty odors in your home or business. Contact a certified mold inspector to identify the issue. Professional mold testing will determine if your health symptoms may be related to mold exposure. If needed, hire a professional mold remediation company to fully remove large infestations and return your property to a safe condition. With proactive inspection, testing and remediation, you can protect your investment and your family’s health from the dangers of mold.
Why Choose Us
Created in 1964, AAA Standard Services, Inc. has long been the industry leader in fire, water, and mold damage restoration and cleanups for both homes and businesses. Since we are a locally-owned and family-run business, we place a high value on providing our clients with the respect and care they deserve. As such, an can expect the perfect balance between compassionate care and high-quality service.
When it comes to mold testing, sit back and relax as our team of certified specialists searches through every inch of your home for these highly elusive fungi
Contact AAA Standard Services, an industry leader today.
If you suspect your home or business has been contaminated by mold, have it tested to make sure. With just one call, AAA’s mold testing service can come and make quick work of it.
We also provide a variety of other services, ranging from mold evaluation and removal to mold remediation and air quality testing, making us your one-stop shop for all of your mold and mildew cleanup needs.