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.

 

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

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Mold Testing vs Mold Inspection

At HNST Mold Inspections, we offer different services depending on our customer’s needs and requirements. One question we get a lot is about the difference between mold testing and mold inspection. Read on for the main differences between the two, so that you can determine which service you’re really looking for. Read more

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Reliable Mold Inspections in New York

When you find yourself in a situation where Mold was found in your home, it can be stressful to find a reliable company to inspect your mold issue and guide you through remediation. Unfortunately, there are some companies out there using clients in their time of need by price gouging, suggesting work (to be performed by them, of course) that is not necessary, and plain old taking advantage.  Read more

Test your mold knowledge

Test your mold knowledge

You already know how important it is to protect and inspect your home from moisture and mold, but do you know where to look? Test your knowledge by utilizing the EPA’s Interactive Mold House Tour. The tour lets you get a look room-by-room into a home so that you can explore some of the most common mold issues and problem areas.

Put your knowledge to the test and see if you can identify all of the areas of your home that could be vulnerable to mold growth. Can you Identify all 13 problem areas? The Interactive Tour requires JavaScript in order to function. A text version of the Mold House Tour is also available.

Once you’ve completed the tour continue reading below.

Hopefully you’ve Identified all 13 problem areas, and if you missed a few, that’s OK! Now its time to put what you’ve learned to work. Go perform your own home mold tour checking the living room, bathroom, roof, kitchen, basement, laundry room, front door and drain pipe in the yard.

If you identify any moisture issues, signs of mold or areas of susceptibility, then it is time to take action. Call in a licensed mold inspector who will do a more thorough and in depth check of your home. Choose a company that is trusted and reliable such as HNST Mold Inspections which won the Angie’s List Super Service Award for many years in a row.

Steps for Summer Mold Prevention

Summer weather came in like a bang, with its heat, humidity and inevitably thunderstorms will come rolling in. Mold loves this type of weather so it’s smart to prepare yourself now in order to prevent damage to your home and health.
If you’ve read our previous blog about asthma, you know that toxic or not, mold can cause some serious health issues. If you haven’t read up about how mold can affect your health, I suggest you do that now and come back to this one… we’ll wait.
Ok, good, you’re back! Now that you know how mold affects your health, it’s important for you to know that mold can also affect your home. Mold can infiltrate carpet, furniture, dry wall and flooring. There is no limit to where it can grow. In some cases, the mold is behind the walls or under the floor boards and homeowners may not see the problem. Controlling moisture levels in your home is the key to prevention in these cases.
Step 1. Set humidifier to below 50% to prevent moisture.
Rain and severe thunderstorms can also be a worry, this time of year. It is important that if any flooding does happen that you take steps to remove it IMMEDIATELY! Anything that got wet, carpets, flooring, furniture etc. can be a breeding ground and needs to be dried.
Step 2. After a flooding event, take action immediately to prevent mold invasion
Step 3. Get your home tested for mold after a water event
Lastly, check outside to make sure water isn’t being funneled towards your home. Ensure all gutters and downspouts are free and clear of debris. Check to make sure connections to downspouts are intact and that they are aimed away from the house and foundation.
Step 4. Check the perimeter
Use these four steps and keep your summer mold free!

mold in your basement

Recent water damage? Check for Mold!

April has arrived with its promised spring showers and the residual snow is finally melting. For anyone in the mold business, we know what this means: water damage. Flooding or water damage are the top reasons that you should test for mold. Whether the flooding or water has only been present for 48 hours, or it has been already cleaned up, you may be at risk for mold. Moist, wet conditions are a breeding ground for mold, and many times you may not know that mold is present for some time. When mold is spotted, homeowners are generally still trying to figure out how the mold acquired when the areas haven’t been wet for long and didn’t know they had a moisture problem. Unfortunately, it takes as little as 48 hours for mold to manifest.

 

Moisture affects homes and businesses in many ways. From rainwater to groundwater seepage there is plenty to be taken into consideration. Depending on the amount of rain the New Jersey area gets we can expect to see a lot of homes during inspection that are affected by the rainwater. According to the National Weather Service, areas of New Jersey have already had up to 13” of rain since January. That statistic is approximately 50% higher than norm. Rainwater causes roof leaks, leaks in the doorways, windows and ceiling. Just a small area of vulnerability in the roof, even unknown to the homeowner can cause havoc on the home.

 

It is important that any time you suffer water damage even after it’s cleaned up that you get a mold inspection. Many insurance companies require that you have documentation from a mold inspection company before you file for a homeowners claim that will cover mold abatement. If you’ve sustained recent water damage, or suspect you do and are already seeing mold growth, visit us today for an inspection. The earlier the better!