Connecticut Mold Testing Services
Mold is a common, pesky problem that often develops along floors, walls and across ceilings of homes. The micro-organism is a fungus that poses a real health hazard when left to proliferate in the home or business property.
It can develop in areas of rising damp with constant exposure to moisture. Signs of mold in a building may indicate the presence of a leak. To thrive, mold requires moisture, food, and a suitable surface to grow on.
Our Connecticut Mold Inspection Services
Here at Sherwood Inspection Services, we have provided mold testing services to residents and business owners in Connecticut for decades. We cover a variety of properties including residential, commercial and industrial buildings. As far as residences, this includes everything from apartments to mobile homes to single & multi family homes. During our inspections, we thoroughly evaluate every inch of your home including specialty areas such as your attic, basement, and within tight crawlspaces to ensure our customers are 100% covered!
For sellers and realtors, we complete indoor air quality testing that is required for real estate transactions. We are happy to provide a free, initial consultation for you to determine if you need a comprehensive mold test.
How Mold Can Affect You
The Health Effects of Mold
Health effects can be broken down into 3 groups:
- Allergenic – allergic or asthmatic symptoms
- Pathogenic – can cause problems for people with decreased immune systems.
- Toxins – also none as mycotoxins, can cause serious health effects in almost anybody.
Everyone is affected differently by mold. The seller of a home may have lived with mold issues for years without ever feeling any effects. A new buyer can then move in and one or all of the family members are immediately affected by the mold.
How Mold Can Damage Your Home
Besides the health effects, mold can damage interior finishes and the structure of your home.
Mold in dwellings is caused by moisture or water penetration left untreated. Residents in cities that receive greater amounts of precipitation such as Norwich, Stamford, and Burlington should especially be aware of mold from water penetration. If there has been water damage, roof or plumbing leaks, or flooding, mold could be hiding and you could be completely unaware of it. Left undetected and/or untreated, mold can eat through building materials and cause serious structural damage.
The Most Common Warning Signs of Mold
- Visible mold
- Musty odor
- Evidence of water; damage, staining, penetration
- Poorly maintained HVAC systems
- Construction defects or deterioration
- Dryer vented indoors Inadequate or no bathroom/kitchen ventilation
- Surfaces with a hairy covering
- Soil around foundation that remains damp or wet
Do you have mold or mildew in your bathroom, kitchen, or basement?
There is a good bet that what you are seeing is not mildew considering that mildew typically grows on living plants. You have to consider that it may be mold. If it is mold, you may be asking: what can I do about it?
Over the past few years, there has been a media uproar about mold in homes and commercial buildings. What we have come to realize is that the biggest issue with mold isn't its presence so much as people mishandling it and create a bigger problem by trying to clean it with the wrong products and inappropriate procedures. Here are a few best practices when dealing with mold so you don’t make the same costly mistakes.
Tips When Dealing With Mold
- Do not clean with bleach: Bleach is a topical agent only and it contains approximately 70% water which we now know is a fuel for the growth of mold. The word “Topical” means that the bleach cannot get down to what you might call the roots of the fungus. So even if you have wiped the surface off with bleach you haven’t killed the plant so to speak. This is why mold people continually returns.
- Once mold has gotten into sheet rock it cannot be effectively cleaned. It must be cut out properly and discarded.
- When working with mold it should be treated as though you have an environmental hazard that can easily become airborne such as asbestos.
- In a real estate transaction, have the mold tested and overall conditions of your property evaluated by a qualified mold and moisture intrusion specialist. Then, have it cleaned by a qualified mold remediation contractor when needed. Then, a final test should be completed to prove that cleanup was successful. This helps assure that it was done properly and prevents liability in the future.
Certified Mold Inspectors in CT
Purchasing a property with a serious mold issue can be an ongoing expense. It could also result in a complete structural overhaul including the removal of walls, floors and structures where the fungus has migrated out of sight.
With reliance on our Connecticut-based home inspectors, we offer comprehensive solutions to test for and detect mold and the risk of mold and mildew growth.
Using the latest technology and a highly trained eye, our inspectors can determine the presence of mold with ease and efficiency. Any findings of mold will be documented and recorded in our individual client reports. We provide every customer proof of the problem including the extent of damages and the potential cost for repairs.
For peace of mind you are not purchasing a property with mold problems, we assist Connecticut residents with home inspections that you can trust. We deliver on our promises and ensure that your requirements are met but more importantly, that your health and well-being are protected against future mold problems.
If you have questions and are concerned about your situation, call us today at 860-646-9983 for your free initial consultation.
Very professional, experienced, and easy to deal with. The report is extremely easy to read since the format is so clear and it has plenty of pictures. I would highly recommend them.