Mold isn’t something uncommon, it is present in the natural environment all around us. While mold is natural, it can become extremely harmful and lead to several health problems if left untreated.
Few people know when or if they need mold testing. It becomes concerning when it starts to decay and destroy the surfaces they grow on. Many people do not realize until the mold is already rotting the foundations of their home or affecting their health.
You can’t always prevent mold from forming, but you can be aware of the warning signs and be cautious of your environment as things evolve.
When to Consider if I Need Mold Testing?
Some people are more sensitive to mold and can experience allergy-like symptoms and other irritations early on. Other people may be able to go years without ever noticing or being affected by the mold. Either way, it is important to know the signs that it’s time to consider further testing.
- Water damage or leaks
Water is a vital ingredient for mold or mildew to grow. Whether it be water stains or floods, mold grows quickly on wet surfaces and can grow in as little as 48 hours after damage.
2. High Humidity environment
If you live in an area where there is humidity for long periods of time, there is a likelihood you may also develop mold issues. When the warm, humid air comes in contact with a surface that’s colder than the surrounding area, condensation can occur.
3. The Smell
The smell of mold and mildew can vary from being overpowering to barely noticeable. Ultimately, the smell of mold and mildew is very distinct, so if you start smelling any kind of musty odor, you should consider getting it assessed.
4. Symptoms of Mold Exposure
Mold has been known to cause negative health effects and allergy-like symptoms. Some of the most common mold-related health problems are:
- Runny Nose
- Eye Irritation
- Sore Throat
If you are also already seeing visible signs of mold, you may be able to skip the assessment and go straight to the removal process.
What to Expect During a Mold Inspection
Upon arrival, we will conduct a quick interview to get a better understanding of your concerns and what you may be experiencing. We will then move forward with a visual inspection and walkthrough which will allow us to look for noticeable signs of mold growth.
We will also take moisture readings which will help us determine if elevated moisture levels are contributing to mold growth. Finally, we take samples to process in the lab. Once results are analyzed a more straightforward explanation will be detailed to you.
Types of Mold Assessment and Consulting
Based on the specific conditions we observe during our walkthrough, we can offer a variety of assessments and inspections including:
- Initial Mold Assessments
- Disaster Response Teams
- Moisture Mapping Teams
- Air Sampling
- Surface Sampling
- Mold Protocol Development
- Post-Remediation Assessments
Need a Mold Inspection?
Ensolum’s experienced professionals have conducted thousands of mold assessments at industrial, commercial, and residential locations. We develop remediation protocols based on extensive assessments. We are sure to perform post-remediation and clearance testing to ensure the project is complete, safe, and following applicable regulations and industry guidelines.