preparing for mold testing

Preparing for Mold Testing

Finding mold in your home can be quite unnerving. One of the first things you’ll probably do is call a Mold Inspector for a Mold Test. When testing for mold, it is important that the tester get an accurate reading. This is why it is important that you know what to do to prepare for mold testing so that the inspector gets an accurate and quick result.

  1. Do not make any effort to ventilate the affected area. Although you may be eager to clear the space out of the smell, this can introduce different particulates from the environment into the are and produce an inaccurate test result.
  2. Do not move furniture, attempt to remove affected wallpaper that is peeling, carpet that is affected, etc. Moving anything in the affected area can allow spores to be released into the area. If there is furniture in the room, do not relocate it to another area. Mold can live on organic surfaces such as fabric and you may be moving the mold to another area in your home along with the furniture.
  3. Do not clean the area. Although you may want to get the old out of there quick and employ bleach or cleaning products. Hold off until the mold is tested and you are told what type of mold it is and how to effectively eliminate it by a professional.

Once your mold testing professional is able to accurately test and provide results, you can then take action such as the steps above. An expert will be able to tell you what type of mold you’re dealing with and what steps you should take to remediate the problem.

At HNST Mold Inspections, we provide testing and inspection to the NY/NJ area. Our test results are provided to our clients quickly and transparently. If you have identified mold in your home, or suspect there is a mold problem that you cannot visibly see, call HNST Mold Inspection.

 

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Upcoming Webinar Flood-Damaged Homes: Approaches to Effective Decontamination, Cleaning and Drying Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

At HNST Mold Inspection we like to keep you up to date when it comes to the world of Mold. Please consider joining in this upcoming webinar hosted by the EPA regarding Flood- Damaged Homes and effective approaches to decontamination, cleaning and drying out after a flood. Read more

sneaky places mold hides

Sneaky Places Mold Hides In Your Home

On our blog, we usually talk about the easy places that you can find or spot mold in your home. Mold is easy to spot after a water event such as a flood in your home, in damp basements, in bathrooms, and in attics. Today we’re talking about some sneaky places mold hides in your home so that you can be aware and take steps to clean it out before it is a problem. Read more

spring tips for preventing mold

Spring Tips for Preventing Mold

Spring is an exciting time of celebration that the long winter has passed. Many homeowners take spring as a time for cleaning, organizing and getting their home and yards together to enjoy for the summer. One thing you should pay attention to this spring is the presence of mold and preventing its growth. Taking the right precautions now can save you down the line. Here are our spring tips for preventing mold. Read more

ERMI Test

ERMI Mold Testing

When some level of mold is expected in your home, Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) Testing is recommended. Remember mold can be hidden and isn’t quite noticeable upon visual inspection. This means, that when cutting into a wall or ceiling, removing carpeting or starting a remodel project, you can come across mold and release its spores into your indoor air environment. Read more

testing mold because of water damage

Water Damage Assessment after Burst Pipes

With freezing temperatures in the winter months in the tri-state area, burst pipes are a common occurrence. Burst pipes lead to flooding, water damage, and could lead to mold growth. This is why a water damage assessment after burst pipes events are always recommended.

After any water event such as burst pipes in your home, the water should be removed along with any water-damaged materials and the affected area dried out within 24-48 hours to prevent this. We highly recommend contracting a restoration company immediately to perform material removal and dry out ASAP. Following this, a water damage assessment is recommended.

Water damage assessments include inspection of the affected area and collection of air quality mold samples to determine if the cleanup was done thoroughly and successfully. This assessment is important because a qualified professional knows what to look for that may not be right on the surface or visible to the naked untrained eye.

Homeowners insurance can be difficult to navigate, but generally, when there is water damage from a burst pipe, a detailed water damage report is required. HNST Mold Inspections performs water damage assessment and our report can help to detail the extent of the damage to your insurance company.

If your home as recently experienced water damage from a burst pipe, contact HNST Mold Inspections today for your water damage assessment. Knowing the extent of the damage and what to do to prevent your chances of mold growth in the home can help save you from future costly repairs and damage down the line.

 

dehumidifier

Tips for Maintaining your Dehumidifier

Having an excess of moisture in your home or workplace can increase the risk of mold growth. Dehumidifiers are a great solution for making sure moisture prone areas in your home are kept dry and to reduce the potential of mold growth. There are many types of dehumidifiers, but keeping them in good working shape is generally pretty much the same process no matter what brand or type you have.

Tips for Maintaining your Dehumidifier:

  1. Setting the Humidistat: Be sure to set the humidistat to a relative humidity of 45-50%. This is the optimal setting for allowing your dehumidifier to remove extra humidity from the air. If you’re unsure if your dehumidifier is doing its job, you can check the humidity of your room using a hygrometer which you can find at most home improvement stores.
  2. Regularly Clean Water Container: Check the manual for how often it is recommended to clean out your water container. It is suggested to occasionally wash out the water container with soap and water in order to further prevent the growth of mold or mildew in the container.
  3. Regularly Clean Air Intake/Exhaust Grille: Just as the water container can get dirty, so can the air intake and exhaust grilles. Clear away any dust and debris in order to allow your dehumidifier to perform optimally. Depending on conditions such as dust, pet hair/dander, and other particulars of your home, you may need to clean the grilles more often.
  4. Proper Placement: Be sure to check your manual for specifications on where to place the dehumidifier in the room of choice. Due to the air intake and exhaust, there will be specific recommendations on how far away from walls it should be placed. It is always recommended to place your dehumidifier on level ground.

With these simple tasks, you can be more comfortable knowing your dehumidifier is working optimally to reduce humidity in your home. This is the key to low mold and bacterial growth in your home. Luckily, most modern dehumidifiers are designed for easy cleaning with built-in tools like brushes. Also, the mineral deposits and build up that can happen over time are easier to remove before they turn in to a thick crust that requires scraping.

Winter Mold Allergies & Symptoms

Winter Mold Allergies & Symptoms

During the winter months, there is increased concern about mold growth in the home. Due to the fact that windows are mostly closed and the probability of condensation is high, mold growth is more possible due to the perfect conditions. For anyone with mold allergies, this means your symptoms are heightened and can make you feel sick. If you are an asthma sufferer, mold allergies could increase or trigger asthma symptoms and can lead to an asthma attack if not careful. Read on for more on winter mold allergies & symptoms. Read more

Happy New Year!

2018 is just about behind us and HNST Mold Inspections wants to take a moment to thank all of our customers that put their trust in us this year for their business. We look forward to providing the same, quality and professional work to our clients for 2019 and helping people to identify, protect and be on the road to the removal of mold in their home or business.

We hope that you and your family enjoy a happy and healthy 2019! When it comes to mold inspection, ensuring that you are healthy this year is quite important to our business. Identifying and preventing mold issues in your home or business are a great start to allowing your family to enjoy the healthiest year that they can.

HNST Mold Inspections provides services including the following:

  • Mold Investigation
  • Water Damage Assessment
  • Mold Inspection
  • VOC & Indoor Air Quality Sampling
  • Environmental Mold Index Testing
  • Allergen Testing

For any of these needs, we hope you will consider HNST Mold Inspection in 2019 and beyond. Contact us today! We service New York and New Jersey.