Mold Inspection –
Serving Columbus, Ohio and surrounding Communities for more than 20 Years.
In providing high quality water damage services, mold inspection has become a necessary part of our focus and an important piece in our goal of being the company you can depend on for any of your emergency service needs, both for your home and your business.
Many properties throughout Central Ohio have suffered from some form of mold, water damage cleanup or moisture related damage. Often these damages are only discovered during a home inspection, made during the process of selling the property.
Qualified home inspectors are careful and diligent in performing visual inspections of the property from attic to basement and most areas in between. Suspect mold and moisture issues will often result in a glaring warning on the final report and that you should seek the services of a professional mold inspection company for follow up.
Much like the home inspector, the mold inspection company should be licensed, properly insured, IICRC certified and experienced. Take caution as mold removal services have long been an area for unethical contractors to take advantage of unsuspecting home and business owners.
Caution in Mold Inspection Services
Unfortunately, the State of Ohio does not have a license or licensing requirement specific for mold inspection or mold removal and remediation. While many coastal states and cities have enacted laws requiring proof of background, education and experience, to date, no code or ordinance has even lobbied for in Columbus, Ohio or any of the surrounding communities.
Knowing this, home and business owners must take every precaution available in ensuring that any person or company hired for these services are qualified to perform them. Protect yourself, your family and your property. The resulting and costly effects of a mold remediation project done poorly can be very expensive and will likely not be covered by your home or business owner’s insurance policy.
Ask questions. Professional mold inspection companies are typically highly reviewed online, obtain industry education and certification and have the experience needed to successfully perform the project at hand.
Pro-Tip: Even in the event of an insurance claim, you, as the policy holder are never required to use the carriers recommended or “preferred vendor”. Keep in mind that there is always a trade off in becoming a preferred vendor and that trade off will not likely be a of benefit to you.
Mold in Your Home or Business
Our mold inspection services are often requested in follow up to newly discovered water leaks or moisture found to be damaging the building materials and property. Mold, mildews and fungus are often the result of prolonged and hidden moisture in building materials.
Often distinct in odor, mold produces a smell similar to a musty, damp basement and can often be found in those exact areas. Basements and crawl spaces often harbor high levels of moisture, suffer from foundation leaks or have improper ventilation leading to these conditions.
If your home or business has suffered from water damage or your suspect water or mold damage, a professional mold inspection may be your best option.
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More often than not, if you’re calling the services of a professional mold inspection company, you know where the issue or problem may be. While not necessary, knowing where to start will help a great deal in narrowing down the actual cause and identifying the repair.
Keep in mind that during a mold inspection, it’s impossible to determine the species or variety of mold growth affecting any building material or property by visual inspection alone and can only be determined by sampling taken and forwarded to an accredited laboratory for identification.
There are two basic forms of testing. Swab and air sampling. Swab testing takes a small sample directly from the area affected and air sampling collects a volume of air both inside and outside of your property.
Swab Testing: Great at identifying specific molds directly affecting the surface only.
Air Sampling: Identifies specific molds the are airborne both within and outside the property. In comparison, molds identified in the indoor sample that are not found on the outdoor sample are often further identified and investigated.
Keep in mind that the air exchange in your home or business changes rapidly. Sampling is of a specific point in time only.
The mold inspection services of iDry Columbus, do not offer any type of sampling services. Doing so, would be a conflict of interest to our client. Our certification and experience provide for a thorough inspection of your property and more often than not the cost of testing is exceeding the cost of remediation alone.
If you have mold in your property, will you be leaving it there regardless of the kind?
For quick tips in mold and water damage prevention, visit our water damage prevention page.
A Mold Inspector for Your Property?
A mold inspection doesn’t always lead to mold removal or remediation. We often find ourselves in a position of simply being able to walk a home or business owner through proper mold cleanup methods and products themselves.
It’s important to remember that repairing the source of the moisture must be done prior to remediation. Failure to do so will only result in mold reforming as well as additional damage.
Using the latest in technology, our team members here at iDry Columbus, have the ability to utilize non-invasive moisture meters, thermal imaging equipment and ATP meters to ensure we identify problem areas that we can see and any hidden areas such as behind drywall, cabinetry and in flooring.
ATP sampling, an exclusive in our process of mold inspection. Swab samples can be taken from any surface to establish the cleanliness of an area down to a micron level. We know that you support your family in your home and your employees in your business and their health is that important. Health Departments around the country use the same technology during safety inspections of food preparation and hospitality.
Is Mold Dangerous?
Health concerns surrounding the effects of indoor moisture and mold related issues have long been studied throughout the medical and scientific communities with no direct connection without flaw. This is due alone to the fact that every person and subject has a different genetic makeup, may reside in different locations and be exposed to more than one specific contaminate or fungus.
Pro-tip: Mold inspection companies cannot determine the effects of mold on the health of you or your loved ones.
These facts make a direct diagnosis difficult if not impossible to ascertain. In cases of reported SBS, Sick Building Syndrome; even more factors have been identified as potential cause. Factors such as human pathogens, biologicals, microbials and even chemicals can make pinpointing an actual cause and establishing that relationship with a specific mold quite difficult. It’s been reported that psychosocial issues may be playing a role in building related complaints as well.
That’s not to say that that allergies and reactions of mold do not exist. Reactions most generally consist of upper respiratory complaints, eye irritations, sinus congestion and headaches and asthma and affect each person differently.
Pro-tip: “Black Mold” does not exist. It’s a term sensationalized by the media, often in reference to the Stachybotrys species.
If you suspect mold in your home or business, take caution and leave the area until you are comfortable in returning. Do not attempt to clean or remove any mold or mold damaged building material without first contacting a professional mold remediation company such as ours.
Has Mold Destroyed my Property?
As stated, there are thousands of different varieties and species of molds. Many of these mold species are actually good for your health and are used in the making of many of the products you eat and use throughout your day.
Cladosporium is one of the most commons species of fungi found on earth today. With more than 700 different species of Cladosporium alone, you can see why making a direct connection between reaction and element is difficult. This particular fungus is widely considered one of the most abundant elements on Earth.
The damaging effects of mold often take place when introduced into damp environments and many of the items in your home or business may be salvageable depending on the nature of the damage, the length of time, the category of water and the material effected.
Non-porous surfaces can be sanitized and salvageable. Materials such as drywall must be removed and discarded.
As a full-service water damage restoration company, mold inspection and removal services go hand in hand. Our teams are experienced, certified and available to assist anytime you may need us.
Renewed Standards in Restoration
With the understanding that our company alone may never change the entire restoration industry. Many of our team members and associates have decades of experience in water damage cleanup and each have made a pact that in the development of iDry Columbus, and in the services we offer to every client, that a renewed standard would be created and used as the approach on every claim.; even if that standard would only apply to the water damage cleanup or property claims that we were involved in.
In making the decision to not enroll in or join “preferred vendor” relationships where the relationship becomes a carrier/vendor one instead of client/vendor due to rate discounts and the reliance on the possibility of future property damage claims; we’ve taken back the control and returned it to the client, where it should have always been.
Utilizing the latest in technology in drying equipment, low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, low amp draw air movers and HEPA filtered air cleaning equipment, we continually deliver successful results in the restoration of building and property damage.
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Property damage inspections have been and will always be free of charge and at no obligation to our client. We’ve chosen to include the use of thermal imaging and highly sensitive moisture detection equipment on every inspection; allowing us to offer detailed and complete information, estimates, and/or proper drying recommendations by identifying areas of concern that may have been overlooked without the use of these tools.
If you find yourself in need of a water damage cleanup company that’s redesigning the restoration industry in our client’s favor, we would appreciate any opportunity to be of service and will always perform in a manner that we would expect for our own family, home or business.
With service available around the clock and throughout Columbus, Ohio and surrounding communities, we recognize that the need for a water damage repair company doesn’t always occur during normal business hours, because of this, we haven’t had normal business hours in more than 20 years.
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Master Certified and built from concept to performance. iDry Columbus – Water Damage Cleanup is available 24 hours day in response to any emergency water damage situation you find your home or business in.
Avoiding preferred relationships with insurance carriers and foregoing discounted rates and agreements in exchange for property damage claims allows us to service only our client. Every service we have the opportunity to provide is proudly backed and guaranteed for as long as you own your home or business.
Continually raising the bar in property damage restoration. Providing service for everything from water damage cleanup, flooded basement, water extraction, sewage cleanup and mold removal.
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Sick Building Syndrome and Mold
The rise in indoor environmental health issues emerged due to new building codes in the 1970s that called for reduced energy and greater insulating factors when building built homes and businesses. As the structures became more air tight, it became more and more difficult for indoor air to exchange with outdoor air, and this increase the amount of overall indoor contaminants. Suddenly, “Sick Building Syndrome” became a thing and those with mold allergies suffered reactions every time they would enter.
How do you feel at home? Do you feel good? Can you breathe freely? No headaches?
Headache? Itchy eyes? Running Nose? No, it’s not likely to be just a case of the Monday morning blues. They’re one of the many symptoms that signal Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, contaminated HVAC supply lines, hidden leaks, untreated water damage, moldy ceiling panels and mold behind wallpaper etc. are all common causes.
Sick Building Syndrome is hard to diagnose sometimes. You may need to call qualified mold removal company such as ours. We hold the Advanced Microbial Certification (AMRT) from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and have years of experience of remediation projects in hospitals, retirement facilities and residential properties. We’ll provide the tools and implement the practices for a successful remediation. You can be sure of that.
Minor Mold Problems and Mold Removal
Most homes and businesses in Columbus, and in the wider of state of Ohio, will have a mold problem at some point or other. Most of the time the mold is harmless — if tackled soon enough.
Some good news. With a little education and precaution, you can solve minor mold problems yourself and not have to call a mold removal company.
Depending on the materials affected and the size of the area, you can find many publications that will guide you a successful cleaning process. Like anything you read on the internet, research it again.
You can visit the EPA or check out the New York City Guidelines in mold remediation. Of course, we’re also happy to help and arrange a no-obligation onsite inspection.
Stay Safe and Hire a Certified Mold Removal Company
For peace of mind, you should hire a certified mold removal and remediation company, such as ourselves.
The fact that the media have sensationalized black mold has triggered an entire industry in mold removal. Unfortunately, the ethics of this new industry are also questionable. The mantra is “Mold is Gold,” and has led to some rather unscrupulous practices.
Today, anyone who owns a shop-vac and household chlorine bleach is advertising themselves as a qualified mold removal company. This practice is leaving desperate property owners with homes and businesses that are in worse condition than they were before.
Some owners have even abandoned their property altogether after an unsuccessful removal job. Even worse than this, they must disclose the attempted mold removal. They often have major trouble finding a buyer for the property unless they offer large discounts.
Pro-tip: If you suspect you have a mold problem of any kind in your home or business, you should contact an experienced mold removal company in the region (water damage restoration companies, such as ourselves, often provide this service). Insist on seeing certifications, past projects and positive online reviews from successful remediation projects.
Water damage and mold problems go hand in hand. If you don’t address moisture-related issues, they’ll lead to the discovery of microbial growth later. You can be certain of that.
Don’t take the risk, call us on 614-810-0000. We’re not like these unethical companies. We’re professionals. We can also come out at short notice.
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Emergency water damage, flood water extraction, and mold damage services available around the clock and around the state. Rest assured if you need an expert available at 2 am, contact us, your call will be answered and service will be on the way.
We take great pride in the fact that our services are ranked and reviewed highly throughout Columbus and surrounding communities. We’ve built on our relationships with home and business owners, insurance carriers, adjusters, and agents throughout the state and across the Nation to ensure that your needs are met and every damage claim is prepared, serviced, and resolved quickly.
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