Elevated mold levels can lead to serious health problems, particularly in children, older adults, and anyone with a health condition. The Center for Disease Control has linked mold to respiratory problems, coughing, sinus problems, asthma, and other chronic conditions.
If you are concerned about mold in your home or business, inspection and testing may be necessary. Serving the metro area of Salt Lake City, Utah Flood Cleanup provides mold inspection and mold testing that meets Utah health and safety standards. A thorough, high-quality inspection will determine if a mold problem is present and how to clean it up.
When Should You Test for Mold?Visible mold is just the tip of the iceberg. Most mold grows out of sight behind walls and under the floor. Mold also releases invisible spores into the air that may cause breathing and other health problems. You should consider a professional mold inspection when:
You have water damage- Mold thrives in damp, moist environments. If your home or business has suffered flood damage, plumbing leaks, or other water issues, a professional inspection is strongly recommended. Elevated mold levels are very common after water damage.
You see or smell mold- Mold can be problematic even without extensive water damage. If you see visible mold in a room, an inspection will help you determine if more is hiding beneath the surface. A damp, moldy smell is also a sign that an inspection is needed. Remember: mold often grows in dark, damp spaces behind walls or underneath the floor. If you see or smell mold, most of it may be hidden from view.
You buy or rent real estate- A mold inspection is an important part of real estate transactions. Conducting a mold inspection before purchasing a home insures that the air is safe to breath for your family. Similarly, renters and landlords often agree to a mold inspection to ensure a property is safe to occupy.
You have health problems- A mold inspection can also be a cost effective means of preventing health problems. Consider investing in a mold inspection if you or your family have health conditions, particularly conditions that affect the respiratory system.
What is a Mold Inspection?
A Utah Flood Cleanup certified mold remediation specialist will conduct an on-site mold inspection and damage assessment. He or she will carefully inspect the entire property to search for signs of mold and how far it has spread. Using precision equipment, the certified mold remediation specialist will gauge humidity and temperature to locate the source of the mold and identify all impacted areas.
What is Mold Testing?
Mold releases invisible spores that require special equipment to detect in the air. Your mold remediation specialist will collect air samples in affected rooms, nearby rooms, and the outside air. These samples will be compared in order to test the air quality and determine what steps are necessary for effective mold remediation.
Mold samples may also be taken from surfaces. These samples can be sent to a lab for advanced analysis to determine what kind of mold is present and how best to combat it. This process ensures that your remediation specialist has all the information he or she needs to completely remove the mold.
What if the Inspection Identifies a Problem?
Once mold is visible, professional mold removal is often necessary to prevent further spread and to make the building safe to occupy. The certified professional may use a special disinfectant on contaminated surfaces. He or she may recommend using a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to combat airborne spores. In some cases, the only way to make the building safe is to replace infected surfaces.
Following the mold removal, a thorough inspection is conducted to confirm that no mold remains. The certified specialists at Utah Flood Cleanup will ensure that the problem is completely eliminated so that mold problems do not arise again. Your inspector can provide lab reports to demonstrate that the property is safe.
Professional Mold Inspection and Testing with Utah Flood Cleanup
If you suspect you have a mold problem, you may be right. You owe it to your health to contact the experts. While every mold infestation is unique, you can be confident that the professionals at Utah Flood Cleanup have seen it all. Our high quality mold inspections allow us to pinpoint the problem and provide targeted, effective mold remediation to protect you, your property, and your family. Contact Utah Flood Cleanup to schedule your mold inspection today.