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Do You Need a Mold Assessment?

By Jason Earle Google+

Mold is everywhere. It was here long before us. And it will surely be here for a long time to come. You don’t need a certified mold inspector to know that every home has some mold in it. Just look under the kitchen sink or behind the bathtub. But not every home has a mold problem.

To know whether you may have a mold problem in your home that may justify a mold inspection, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is there a “musty” smell?
  • Are there visible signs of water damage?
  • Has there ever been a leak or flood in the basement?
  • Has the roof or a window ever leaked?
  • Have you ever had a plumbing leak?
  • Has the sink, toilet, tub, washing machine or sewer ever overflowed?
  • Has the property ever suffered other water problems?
  • Did the previous owner not maintain the house as well as they should have?

Is anyone in your family experiencing any chronic health problems? According to the NJ Department of Health, some mold related symptoms include:

  • Sinus Problems
  • Allergies
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Coughing
  • Skin Rashes
  • Flu-Like Systems
  • Irritation Of The Eyes, Nose Or Throat

Is anyone in your home:

  • An infant or small child?
  • Elderly?
  • Pregnant?
  • Allergic, asthmatic or suffering from respiratory illness?
  • Recovering from recent surgery or hospitalization?
  • Living with a weakened immune system (for example, chemotherapy patients, organ or bone marrow transplant recipients, and people with HIV infections or autoimmune diseases)

Recent research by the Mayo Clinic, EPA/Berkeley Lab and Brown University have firmly connected mold exposure to asthma, chronic sinusitis, allergies and even depression.

It is important to note that sensitive individuals, asthmatics, young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system are at the greatest risk of potential complications from exposure to mold. Those with special health conditions should consult their doctor if they are concerned about mold exposure.

If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you may want to consider a professional mold inspection done by a properly qualified mold inspector. But don’t rush into air testing before a thorough physical property inspection (Phase A Mold Survey) is performed. Mold testing, or air testing, is not the first step.

Air testing and mold testing will not locate the source of hidden mold or the source of the moisture that is causing the mold growth. It is important to realize that some molds don’t show up in air tests at all. Mold often grows inside walls and shows no visible sign until it’s too late.

For this reason, it is crucial that a mold inspector has the proper equipment, training and experience to find hidden mold infestations. By using a combination of non-destructive inspection tools including mold-detection dogs (Mold Dogs™), laser particle scanners and infrared thermal imaging cameras, our mold inspectors can find hidden mold and moisture problems that other mold inspectors would not.

With the help of our certified Mold Dogs™, we can quickly and efficiently sniff out and pinpoint the exact location of a hidden mold problem, something standard mold testing simply cannot do.

Our Mold Dogs™ are so accurate at detecting hidden mold problems that they’ve been featured on Good Morning America, Channel 6 Action News and over a hundred newspapers and magazines.

Once our specialized inspection tools tell us exactly where our mold inspector should look deeper, conventional mold testing and investigative methods are then used to verify what our Mold Dogs™, laser particle scanners and/or infrared thermal imaging cameras tell us.

This process saves you money by eliminating wasteful mold testing and reducing the size of the mold remediation project and repairs, if at all necessary, to the smallest possible area.

We offer mold inspection services, mold testing and mold investigations in many regions of the US, and we are growing.

Call us today at 1-800GOT-MOLD? (1-800-468-6653) to talk with one of our specially trained mold inspection technicians to see if a mold inspection is appropriate for your situation. If you are concerned that you may have a mold problem in your home, you owe it to yourself and your family to find out, once and for all.

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