If you see spots of mold, have signs of chronic moisture and/or detect a musty odor in your home or business, you should contact a mold removal in Charleston, SC before you spend money on mold testing. The company will give you a free evaluation of the situation and have the experience to tell you whether you have a problem or not. If they indeed do advise you to get further testing, you would then need to hire a certified mold assessment consultant to inspect and collect samples from the area for mold testing.
Mold Can Be Sneaky and Prevalent
Mold affects indoor air quality, and, unfortunately, can grow very quickly. In fact, mold can begin to grow in a home with humidity over 60% in under 48 hours. Mold can even grow and thrive in cold spaces, such as a refrigerator, as long as the temperature is above 40-degrees Fahrenheit. “Hidden” rot can also secretly grow in fiberglass insulation, and behind wallpaper and drywall. Even though you may not be able to visibly see the rot, it doesn’t mean that it’s not there and causing damage to your home and your health.
Serious Effects of Mold Growth
The presence of mold in a home has many negative effects. People can be exposed to rot through direct skin contact, breathing, or ingestion. Mold exposure can cause a number of health-related issues, including breathing difficulties, asthma and topical skin rash. Black mold is rare but highly-toxic and contains carcinogenic mycotoxins that are linked to certain types of cancer, liver and nervous system damage, and more.
Mold can also cause structural damage and destroy the value of your home– no one wants to buy or move into a home with a serious mold problem!
Mold growth can also seriously impact your wallet for two reasons: 1) if left in-tact, mold will continue to grow and become increasingly expensive to remove; and 2) due to a rising number of rot-related lawsuits, many home insurance companies now exclude mold insurance from homeowner policies.
When all the mold is removed and the cleanup and disinfecting has been completed, the inside of the containment area will be HEPA vacuumed and sealed, and air scrubbers will be used until the mold assessment consultant takes samples for clearance testing. If any part fails testing it will be reclined under the same containment. Once final clearance is given the containment is removed and the certificate of mold remediation is filled out by the consultant and the mold remediation company.