A Mold Inspection 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.