Top 5 Things to Know About Mold Inspections | Mold Inspections Ocean County
Mold Inspections Ocean County – If you suspect the presence of mold in your home or place of work, you call in an expert to determine the presence of mold, test it and remove it. Molds are fungi, and spread in warm, moist, dark environments such as basements and attics. If you suspect you have mold, it’s wise to schedule a mold inspection, which involves the process of detecting the presence of mold growth in a building. Got questions? Here are five things you should know about this process:
- Any such inspection should be performed by a licensed, insured, qualified mold inspector boasting formal training and experience in this industry. When interviewing potential mold inspectors, simply inquire about the level of experience, education and training of the inspectors. This should give you a good idea of how qualified your inspectors are to perform the task at hand.
- Mold inspections should involve the seeking of evidence for current and past mold growth. Licensed inspectors will know the difference between the two. For example, past mold growth can indicate water damage originating from a leak that could come back under certain conditions.
- Mold inspectors look for the presence of mold not just on surfaces but behind walls, within ceilings and under floors that can cause structural problems over time such as wood rot. This situation can pose problems later on due to the structural instability of the building.
- Not all mold growth is cause for concern. Most homes have mold somewhere, and most times, it’s not dangerous. For instance, Ceratosystis and Ophiostoma are common molds that grow on wood, such as two by fours and other components of structural framing. Such molds love to feed on the sap but will generally cease their growth when dry conditions are present. You may notice a black stain to the wood; while a good mold inspector will take a sample of this, it usually comes back as a harmless type of mold.
- A key part of any inspection is to locate the source of moisture that caused the mold in the first place. If the source is not detected and addressed, new mold growth will re-occur. There is no point in removing existing mold if the underlying problem is not detected and fixed. Some mold inspectors simply detect, test and remove mold, while others address the source of the moisture.
Stock Environmental Consulting – Mold Inspections Ocean County specializes in commercial and residential environmental consulting for mold inspections, in addition to lead-based paint, and asbestos testing and inspections. We are fully insured and licensed in both New York and New Jersey, with years of experience. Call us today to schedule your free consultation today at 732-383-5190.