Mold exposure symptoms

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Although we are continually exposed to mold in our everyday environments, being allergic to mold or exposure to a lot of molds can elicit certain symptoms. Mold exposure symptoms can present as sinus pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, a headache for example and while these symptoms may seem pretty usual, if they are not responding to regular medical treatment, tend to come and go dependant on the environment or are just out of the ordinary, it might be time to investigate further. Read more

vacation home indoor air quality

Vacation Home Indoor Air Quality

This time of year, many are flocking to their vacation homes, cottages and shore houses. Just as with our homes, your vacation home may have issues with indoor air quality (IAQ). Problems such as mold, and other volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) could be lurking. Here’s what to consider when heading out on vacation.  Read more

New Home - Pre-Purchase Mold Inspection

New Home – Pre-Purchase Mold Inspection

This time of year omes are selling left and right. Whether in Newberg, NY or Montclair, NJ, there is no doubt the housing market is hot.  Are you purchasing or selling a home right now? Then it’s time to schedule your pre-purchase mold inspection. Mold in the home is a common concern for both buyers and sellers during a home purchase. Just the sight of mold, no matter what kind can make potential buyers change their mind on a home, and possibly affect the resale value. Read more

Memorial Day 2019

HNST Mold Inspections wishes you a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day 2019. We know you will be spending the weekend spring cleaning and preparing for summer. Keep your eye out while in the basement or attic for signs of mold such as musty or mildewy smells, damp areas, and visible mold. If you find an area of concern, put it on your radar and call HNST Mold Inspections to determine if the issue is a true problem and to help with the next steps of dealing with it. Read more

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