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Mold Damage Assessment and Testing

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

A Mold Infested HVAC System Needs No Mold Testing in Bokeelia, Just SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Inspect and Remediate Mold Infestations

If your home has ever experienced any water damage, flooding or plumbing leaks, mold could be hiding in your house, and you wouldn’t realize it. Mold eats its way through building materials and can cause damage to the structure of your home. High levels of allergenic mold or toxic mold can cause health effects as well for your family and make your home uninhabitable.

There can be various signs of mold damage in Bokeelia. At times you can sense a mold problem including a musty odor, visible mold, construction defects, or visible water damage or stains. Professionals like our technicians at SERVPRO offer different ways to test and find mold in your home. If mold is visible, typically there is no need for testing, just cleanup, and remediation.

Methods of Testing--We suggest you hire a third party for testing, for accuracy and for preventing any appearance of a conflict of interest.

Air Sampling
This type of test is done with a bioaerosol air impactor to get the sampling that is viable of fungi and mold. When air goes through the sample, several jets of air push airborne particles to the collection surface so that they can be collected and tested for a variety of fungi and molds present. Results of this test will vary depending on the techniques for sampling, the duration of the sample and the dates of the sample which are only compared with results that were taken with the same procedures and techniques.

Swab Sampling
Surface or swab sampling is a reliable approach to finding and identifying the sources of fungi growth. This testing is done by a technician taking a sterile swab and dipping it in a suspension solution, then swabbing a suspected area. The swab is placed in a sterile vial and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Carpet Sampling
This inspection can successfully discover undetected or previous mold problems since carpet usually holds a history of mold which has been present previously. Mold spores can get between the carpet piling where they can remain dormant or grow while they are protected by all but the most vigorous carpet cleaning and vacuuming efforts. SERVPRO utilizes specific anti-fungal products to eradicate mold growth within a rug or padding if it is not too widespread. We will suggest discarding soft flooring that is highly infested.

If you believe you could have a mold issue in your home, contact us to schedule an assessment and possibly a test at SERVPRO of Cape Coral. Please call us at (239) 573-5911.

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