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.