Mold Inspection and Testing - Residential & Commercial
In providing high-quality water damage services to Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding communities for more than 20 years, mold inspections have 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 property damage needs, both for your home and your business.
Many properties throughout Central Ohio have suffered from some form of mold, water damage, or moisture-related damage to the structure. 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 you should seek the services of a professional mold inspection company for follow-up. Free mold inspection services are available should you need them.
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 and Testing Services
For Ohio homeowners and business owners, it is important to be aware that a mold testing or inspection license is not required by the State of Ohio. That means those looking for such services must take extra steps in verifying qualifications when considering prospective companies. If done incorrectly, costly remediation projects may end up being unsupported by insurance policies—a financial risk no one should have to bear alone! Protect yourself and put your trust only in professionals with proven track records who can guarantee quality service every time.
Professional mold inspection companies are typically highly reviewed online, obtain industry education, and IICRC 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 policyholder are never required to use the carrier’s 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 of benefit to you.
Mold in Your Home or Business
Our mold inspection and testing 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 like 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 and testing service may be your best option.
More often than not, if you’re calling the services of a professional mold inspection and testing near me 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 and testing service, 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.
The mold inspection and testing 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 exceeds the cost of mold remediation alone.
For quick tips on mold and water damage prevention, visit our water damage prevention page.
A Mold Inspection for Your Property?
Mold inspection and testing services do not 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. A great resource for mold information can be found at the EPA website here.
Using the latest in technology, our team members here at iDry Columbus can 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.
If you suspect mold in your home or business, take caution and leave the area until you are comfortable 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 or searching for a qualified, IICRC-certified “free mold inspection and testing company near me” or “free mold inspection near me”. Or call us at 614-810-0000 today!
How much do mold inspection and testing cost?
It would depend on the building materials affected and the scope of the project. Contact our office today for a free estimate and professional mold testing.
In certain situations, a licensed mold testing company can be beneficial – whether it is to justify the costs of remediation or document that efforts have been successful. Tests may also provide clues as to where hidden home molds might lie but still require an experienced inspector for further investigation and removal. When done properly by qualified professionals, tests are often essential components in uncovering key evidence when conducting inspections.
Doing mold testing well is often expensive. You should recognize that if the testing is not needed or it is done poorly, your money is being wasted instead of being used to make repairs necessary to solve your mold problem.
Have you noticed any visible mold growth in your home or business, experienced water damage to building materials, been diagnosed with allergies that are worsened within the space, or have a history of previous moisture problems? If so it may be time for an IICRC Mold certified inspection. A professional can provide detailed assessments and determine if action is needed on behalf of keeping occupants safe from potential health risks due to mold exposure. Most inspections come at no cost – though some larger ones might require fees depending upon complexity – but you’ll want to check upfront before proceeding.
Mold inspections are a vital part of assessing mold damage in both residential and commercial properties. Depending on the size of your premises, these can range from one to three hours – potentially more if there’s severe contamination present. We offer an expedited visual inspection as part of our free estimate process; this is usually done within 60 minutes or less so you get results fast! However, receiving results back from a test kit may take several days or weeks depending upon volume – making it even more important that we accurately identify the problem right away.
Can I perform a mold inspection by myself? Home mold testing kits may seem like a simple and cost-effective way to inspect for potential mold, but unfortunately, they often provide inconclusive results. This is due to the contamination of natural airborne particles during the sampling process which ultimately renders them ineffective. To ensure an accurate assessment it’s best practice to leave this inspection up to professional experts who will be able to assess your property thoroughly in order to guarantee safe air quality inside your home or workplace environment.
Would a mold inspection be covered by my insurance? To be sure that a mold inspection is covered by your insurance policy, take the time to review the details or contact your agent. Our team of experts is highly knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to handling all types of claims with any kind of insurer for maximum coverage.