Mold is dangerous, and an infestation from mold is unwelcome under any circumstances. Mold can damage and destroy property and buildings by decomposing organic materials, and also pose a serious health threat to the people who live or work in an area where mold or mildew has taken hold.
The existence of a mold contamination is not always visible to the naked eye. We are all familiar with the black fuzz that grows on our shower curtain or on a long-lost dinner leftover hidden in the back of the refrigerator. But mold in our home or place of business is different because infestations often occur in out-of-the-way spaces such as in attic corners, behind walls, and in crawl spaces. This means mold can go undetected until it has grown into a full-blown infestation.
If you know your home or business has mold, contact a professional mold remediation company to have it removed right away. If you’re not certain you have mold but suspect you might, the pros can test and inspect for mold to determine if you have it, where, and why.
Mold requires moisture and humidity to grow and spread in the right conditions. Where the mold spore count is high, water and dampness exist, and there is a good food source such as wood, paper, or some other organic material, the chances of mold appearing and growing are good.
Certified Indoor Environmental understands the importance of making sure your property is free of mold – both for the people who live or work onsite and also to protect your property and thereby avoid expensive repairs. As a 5 star customer rated mold removal company in Oregon’s Portland and Salem metropolitan areas, we provide the full range of residential and commercial mold testing and inspection services, plus mold removal and remediation services.
Why Inspect for Mold?
The best way to determine if you have mold in your home or business is to perform a mold test and inspection. This type of testing can include a visual examination as well as sampling of the air to determine ambient mold spore levels and air quality. In addition, a mold test and inspection will tell you:
- If mold exists on your property
- How much mold you have
- Where mold is located
- The type of mold on your property
- The cause of the mold infestation
- The type of mold that is growing
When to Test for Mold
If you experience any of the following symptoms or issues in your home or business location, you should consider having a professional mold test and inspection performed:
- You see mold growing anywhere on your property, on either inside or outside walls, or on floors, ceilings, or carpeting, and you want to know if mold is growing anywhere else that you cannot see.
- You smell a mildewy odor coming from your basement, attic, or other dank space where dampness might accumulate.
- Water damage, such as from flooding or a leaky pipe, occurred in any part of your home or business property and was not cleaned and treated within 24 hours.
- Water damage occurred in a basement or water seeped behind walls and into furnishings, and was not thoroughly dried or treated.
- A roof had a leak or ice dam buildup that forced water inside the attic and was not dried and treated for mold at the time the damage occurred.
- Stains and discoloration have appeared on furniture, walls, woodwork, or other organic-type building materials where mold thrives.
- You, or anyone in your home, are experiencing new, unexplained respiratory problems, exacerbated asthma or allergy symptoms, headaches, chronic sore throat, and/or sinus infections. The same symptoms can occur at a business and you find employee absenteeism is on the rise. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.
What Does a Mold Inspection Include?
Always use a company with the training, certification, and expertise to properly inspect your property for mold. Certified Indoor Environmental is trained and certified by the IICRC, so you can trust they have the technical expertise to perform a proper and thorough inspection.
Our residential and commercial mold-testing procedures are comprehensive. We test the air to check for the presence and level of concentration of mold spores inside your property. The purpose of air sampling is to obtain an indicator of the indoor air quality and know if the level of spores in the air is unhealthy.
Our surface testing tests mold samples from the surfaces of building materials and personal belongings in the home or business where mold is visible to determine the extent and type of infestation. Swab tests are useful in determining the type of mold, which can be helpful if one or more people are experiencing a worsening of allergy symptoms or other health issues. Or we may do a bulk sample, which involves removing a larger piece from a building component (such as a piece of sheet rock) or furnishing item (such as carpet).
Our Inspection include the following:
- Does the property have a musty smell?
- What is the level of relative humidity?
- Has the property experienced water damage or leaks – from pipe burst or plumbing issues, HVAC, roof damage, an overflowing sump pump?
- How well does water drain on the exterior of the property? Does water drain away from, or toward, the property? Is the yard or other property sloped toward, or away from, the home or professional building?
- Is the foundation of the house cracked and/or showing signs of water entry or damage?
- Is the foundation surrounded by a buildup of organic debris that retains moisture?
Certified Indoor Environmental never recommends do-it-yourselfers attempt to test mold themselves. Only professionals have all the right equipment and know-how to test and inspect for mold correctly. We are licensed, bonded, and insured, and we help individual home and business owners, home buyers, realtors, home inspectors, property managers, landlords, insurance companies, and others take proactive steps to minimize the risk to the health and safety of building occupants by having their residential or commercial property tested and inspected for mold. If you have found mold in any area of your home or business, or suspect you may have a mold problem, contact Certified Indoor Environmental today.