So you think you may have mold... where do you go from here?
Answering these questions will help you determine where to start:
- Do you have visible signs of mold? Keep in mind that there are many different types of mold ranging in scale from color, shape, and texture. If you aren't sure of what you see, call AdvantaClean @ 877.800.2382 or send in a service request and our knowledgeable staff will contact you with answers.
- Do you have a moldy, musky, mildew or damp smell? If so, where is it coming from? Any particular room? (i.e. bedroom, bathroom, basement, attic, etc.)
- Any known leaks or moisture problems? Have you experienced water damage or moisture issues such as a roof leak, pipe bursting, flooded basement, or are high humidity levels a constant in your home?
- Are you or any family members experiencing allergies or sinus symptoms? While not all types of mold will affect health, people with asthma and other respiratory issues, or those very young or elderly tend to be more susceptible to mold symptoms and mold allergies. According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) keeping your home free from pollen, dust mites, cockroach debris, molds, and animal allergens is essential to maintaining healthy indoor air quality (IAQ).
If you are seeing and smelling mold in your home, getting a mold inspection is the best place to start. During the inspection process a certified mold specialist will provide an evaluation for your specific situation, determine the moisture source, recommend options for removal, and provide you with an estimate for mold remediation. The key to remember with mold is, it is a symptom of an underlying moisture issue and addressing the moisture source is essential for proper remediation!
Get a mold inspection if you are smelling mold and have had water damage or are noticing humidity. These factors indicate that it is likely you are having a moisture problem which could be causing mold. Often times mold can go undetected because it is not seen. It can hide in wall cavities, above ceilings, and beneath floors. During a mold inspection hydrometers and moisture meters are used to determine temperature and the relative humidity (RH) in the air. The use of infrared lasers enable mold inspectors to read the humidity and temperature levels behind drywall, sheetrock, insulation etc., to confirm that the environment is supporting unseen mold growth.
Having a certified mold inspection is the best way to eliminate a mold problem and restore healthy IAQ in your home.
If you believe you have mold symptoms or mold allergies you should first consult your health care provider. They can refer you to an allergist knowledgeable in treating illnesses related to mold. If you do not have visible mold, water damage, or moisture issues in your home and have consulted your health care provider you may want to consider mold testing.
Depending on your needs you may want swab samples or air-o-cell testing. Swab testing is useful in identifying specific types of mold. Air-O-Cell testing identifies the presence of mold by measuring the count of mold spore activity. A minimum of two samples need to be taken. One must be taken outside to gather a baseline of spores present outdoors. At least one sample (maybe more depending on the size and areas in question) should be taken inside to determine if the spore count is at elevated levels compared to the outside sample. Both types of tests need to be analyzed by independent testing labs and results are typically available along with a written report in 48-72 hours.
The best way to treat a mold or mildew problem is to consult with a mold specialist. Call AdvantaClean at 877.800.2382
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