hidden signs of mold

Hidden Signs Of Mold

Damp basement, abandoned home and musty garage. These three places have one thing in common: the potential for mold growth. When present in any of these situations, mold can proliferate causing serious problems down the line and even triggering health issues. Be on the lookout for these hidden signs of mold so that you can take action as soon as possible and even prevent the growth of harmful mold.

  1. Do you smell something coming from your chimney? The first sign of mold growth in a chimney can come from the smell. Be sure to have your chimney swept on a recommended schedule and all repairs done in a timely manner. This will help to prevent damp or wetness giving mold a chance to thrive.
  2. Allergies symptoms in certain places. If you have allergy symptoms in a certain room or place, but they disappear when you are not in that environment, there is a potential the trigger could be mold. Track your reactions to pinpoint where your allergies really flare, contact a mold inspector if need be.
  3. Bubbling paint on your walls is another sign that moisture is a problem. Moisture gives mold the perfect place to grow, so reduce humidity in the affected room. You may need to investigate where the moisture is being let into the room, check for leaks, condensation on windows, etc.
  4. Soft or squishy floors are a sign there is moisture in the wood beneath you. This can be due to rotting wood which has been exposed to moisture for too long. Of course, the organic material and moisture are breeding grounds for mold. Get ahead of this one quick!

Don’t let mold build-up and spread, catch it quickly and erase it for good. If you’ve noticed one of these signs in your home, or perhaps another we haven’t mentioned, call your local Mold Inspector. Are you in the New York/New Jersey area? Give us a call at HNST Mold Inspections, or contact us now.


Five things you should know about mold

As a mold inspector, HNST Mold Inspections visit many homes and offices investigating suspected mold. There are always different reasons for someone to call us, from concern due to a musty smell in a basement or something more severe such as when health symptoms persist and an allergy to mold is suspect. For those who call us in to do an investigation, there are usually a fair amount of questions that come with our visit. From what we hear regularly, we’ve put together a list of the top five things you should know about mold. These five things are important in that knowing them can help you identify, know where to turn for help, and prevent mold growth. 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