Mold just needs a little bit of moisture or excess of humidity to grow. In most cases, it only takes less than 48 hours to spread in other areas of your home or building. This may leave you wondering if you are in need of a mold inspection?
The sight of mold growth can be quite disturbing. Especially when your family’s health is at risk. Yes, it’s true. Mold exposure can lead to many health issues such as breathing, coughing, throat irritation, and potentially more serious health complications.
In case, you or someone else in your family is already experiencing these issues, it’s time to get help from professionals.
However, there are certain cases, where the mold growth is not easily visible and you should consider the house mold inspection. Let’s discuss a few scenarios:
- Water Damage: If your basement has been flooded or you have recently discovered water spills from the leaks & broken pipes, there’s a chance of mold presence. Especially, if the area has been wet for more than 48 hours.
- New Home Purchase: There is no way to find out the history of water damage in the home you are planning to buy. Therefore, it’s best to seek mold inspection services.
- House Left for Several Months: If your house is closed up for the past couple of months, there’s a chance of humidity built up inside the house, which can lead to mold growth.
If your situation matches any of the above conditions, get in touch with a reputed restoration company & ask the experts for a house mold inspection. On the other hand, if the mold growth is easily visible, ask the expert to immediately begin the mold removal process.
What happens during the mold inspection?
During the inspection process, a mold inspector will visit your house to thoroughly look for mold growth. In general, the mold inspector will ask you about any past mold or water damage history.
If visible mold presence is not detected, the mold inspector will test the type of mold they are dealing with and create a mold remediation plan. You can skip the testing process if the mold growth is easily visible to the naked eyes as no matter what type of mold is present the remediation plan will remain the same.
At Dry Effect, we are committed to providing our customers with the safest and cleanest environment. Accordingly, we provide a 5 years mold-free guarantee.
So, why do we offer 5 years of mold removal guarantee for free? Because we are confident that our mold removal specialists will complete all the necessary steps during the first time itself.
If not, we will incur all the expenses to remediate any future microbial growth. (if it reoccurs in the same area within normal operations and under normal moisture and humidity conditions)*
*Dry Effect will make written recommendations after delivering mold remediation services. These recommendations are designed to minimize or prevent mold from returning. However, if the written recommendations are not followed and mold returns as a direct result of a disregard of our recommendations, the 5-year warranty may be voided at the discretion of the Dry Effect.
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Mold Inspection Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to prevent mold?
The best way to prevent mold growth and proliferation is to keep the materials of the enclosed environment dry. And if they get wet to dry them as quickly as possible.
How is it the remediation criteria determined?
The areas are identified by conditions of the affected environment, not square footage. There are three different types of conditions.
What is the difference between the 3 conditions of mold growth?
Condition 1 - Normal mold spore type & counts for a given region. Condition 2 - Contaminated with settled spores, but does not have active growth. Condition 3 - Affected areas are visible and have active growth on affected surfaces.
Why is there a containment set-up in our home?
Local or mini-containments are used for “moderate levels” of fungal growth (which is either visible or suspected). This is done to decrease the risk of cross contamination into other spaces within the home.
What cleaning process is performed to ensure that the mold is removed?
1. Step one is to thoroughly vacuum all interior areas including walls, ceiling, floors, furniture and cabinets & contents with professional grade HEPA vacuuming equipment. 2. Then, damp-wipe all the affected. For this purpose, specific dampening agents are used, depending on the surfaces and customers’ requirements. 3. Again, HEPA vacuum all the surfaces. 4. Repeat the second step (damp-wipe all surfaces again). 5. Finally, HEPA vacuum all surfaces.
What is this large machine and purpose of it running all day?
After the cleaning and HEPA vacuuming process is complete, a negative air machine is utilized to “scrub the air.” Dry Effect HEPA air scrubbers are capable of removing 99.97% of dry particulate down to 0.3 microns. Given that mold spores are greater than 1.0-micron size, the capture and elimination rates are incredibly high. Using this machine helps to achieve optimal results in the cleanup and prevention of future mold growth.
Why it is necessary to clean the HVAC? There’s no mold in the HVAC.
To help prevent re-contamination, it’s important to thoroughly clean the HVAC system after the mold remediation process. This cleaning will be done before the post-cleanup inspection.
Is it necessary to discard all the materials in my home?
Not necessarily. Prior to mold removal, the affected materials will be categorized by their composition and the level of contamination. This will determine if the contents can be cleaned or must be discarded.
How will the experts categorize materials?
Condition 1 - Contents with normal or typical mold levels for a given environment and region. Condition 2 - Contaminated with settled spores, but no active mold growth. HEPA vacuuming and/or damp wiping is the only option for cleaning & remediation of such materials. Soft goods such as linens and upholstered furniture should be HEPA vacuumed first then cleaned using the appropriate cleaning methods. Condition 3 - Contents are contaminated with visible or active mold growth. Soft or fabric goods would need to be discarded. Due to staining, discoloration or physical damage, you will need to discard the affected clothes, towels, as well as linens.
Why is post remediation sampling necessary?
Post remediation sampling is important to assess the effectiveness of the mold remediation process. If the moisture problem is not addressed and corrected, mold will return. Moreover, we will make recommendations as well as provide solutions to solve the attributing moisture problems.