Mold Testing In Hobe Sound Florida
Mold is everywhere among us, outdoors, inside buildings and also invisible; making it harder to discover and address in beginning stages. The biodegradable mechanism of mold decomposes practically any material that it grows on. When mold is present, property is damaged significantly. Typically, in areas where there is a large amount of continued dampness and moisture, mold can be found. Mold can cause a severe allergy reaction to those allergic to it. If it is inhaled or ingested, the mycotoxin that it contains can cause severe sickness. High exposure of this toxin can even lead to death. It is now mandatory that office buildings undergo commercial mold testing. Mold spores can float through the air and enter into the lungs. Consistent exposure of this nature can cause respiratory disease. Other symptoms that can present themselves are tiredness, weakness, dizziness, fainting spells etc.
The tools used to test a building for mold are quite advanced. They can help significantly to locate mold that is not in plain sight. Remember, mold that is not seen, is just as dangerous as mold that is obvious. Trained professionals will collect samples of the mold and have it sent to a lab for testing. The equipment used will reveal the origin and type of mold. The analysis of mold is conducted via testing equipment and also microscopes. There are also tests that businesses and homeowners themselves can perform, prior to consulting a professional. The tools that are used can identify the amount of mold that is present, the type of mold and more. So often mold can be missed. But with a professional mold testing, every bit of mold will be found. One of the most concerning elements of mold are the spores.
Spores float around in the air and enter into the lungs. Indoor air quality tests are used in commercial mold testing. These tests are designed to easily identify mold spores in the air. Another type of test is used to sample the air coming from the HVAC unit. Appropriately identifying the air coming from the heating and cooling units are necessary to get a handle on the movement of the spores.
Mold eats away at walls, roofs, floors, carpets just about anything. It can end up costing thousands of dollars in repairs and oftentimes, the mold has grown deeper into the walls. When this happens the wall will need to be pulled down and then rebuilt. Depending on how deep and far the mold had grown, or if the mold has grown around a leaking pipe, the entire pipe section may need to be taken down, then reinstalled.
Professional mold testing can eliminate the guesswork when it comes to mold. The sooner mold is identified, the quicker it can be prohibited from spreading to other areas of your home or business. To leave mold undetected opens the door to allergies, respiratory disease and even death.
Do I Need A Mold Inspection?
Though mold is everywhere around us indoors and out, discovering its presence is no less unsettling. Mold can be a quiet and sneaky invader that develops in places unseen, making it more difficult to determine its presence until it has grown into a larger issue. Mold not only has the potential to harm the health of those who are susceptible to its existence but can also deteriorate building material and structures. These factors make inspecting for mold an incredibly important part of owning a home or business.
Mold is a fungus that depends on moisture. It spreads through spores in the air and is harmless in small amounts. When these spores find a damp place in your home or business, they can grow and release harmful spores. There are more than one hundred thousand distinct kinds of molds, and some present genuine wellbeing risks.
Mold can have damaging health effects. It can cause a runny nose, breathing issues, eye irritation and sore throat. Responses can be progressively extreme for individuals with existing respiratory conditions and even create symptoms in otherwise healthy individuals. Those with asthma are most vulnerable to the effects of mold and can experience a worsening of symptoms with the presence of mold.
Smell & Sight
The most obvious signs of mold are its distinct musty smell or its unattractive appearance on walls, floors or ceilings. Many times, mold is not able to be seen but can only be smelled. By turning off the HVAC system and waiting a few hours, you may be able to detect where the scent is the strongest and this could be the possible source. Usually when mold becomes apparent by smell or sight, it has developed into a larger issue that will need mold remediation. A mold inspection will be able to discern the levels of severity though.
If you have noticed evidence of water damage for over 24 hours, there is more than likely mold growth. A mold inspection will probably be necessary to assess the situation. Locating a potential water source like a leak or cracked pipe will be critical in the inspection so that the root cause can be repaired so that mold cannot continue to prosper. Mold also requires humidity to thrive and it’s worthwhile to note that even with a water source, mold may not spread as much if humidity levels are below 60% on a humidity reader.
Most mold inspections can include a thorough visual assessment of the structure in addition to collecting air and surface samples. Those samples are then tested to determine the type and amount of mold present. Professional mold testing can eliminate the guesswork when it comes to mold. The sooner mold is identified, the quicker it can be prohibited from spreading to other areas of your home or business.
Eco Strike In Hobe Sound Florida
EcoStrike is a full service restoration contractor that performs mold remediation, water mitigation, smoke and fire damage, and re-construction. Lamar Moore, President of EcoStrike, is a state licensed assessor which allows him to perform environmental testing and write remediation protocol on the projects they are not contracted to mitigate.
EcoStrike has a reputation of providing a high quality service and making every effort to meet the expectations of their clientele. The common link in their customer’s feedback and testimonials is honesty! After 15 years as a Jupiter contractor, their recent relocation to Hobe Sound has the entire team at EcoStrike excited to develop new relationships in Martin and Saint Lucie counties and continue providing the best restoration experience in the industry!
For a consultation and to schedule an appointment contact us today at 561-990-6653