How Do I Know if I Have a Mold Problem?
ATH Restoration provides experienced mold testing services that follow EPA guidelines for both mold sampling methods and interpretation of the results.
If you've experienced water damage from burst pipes, leaking drain lines, sewage backup, storms, or flooding, or if there is excessive moisture in your home for any reason, you may have both visible and hidden mold growth.
This is considered an emergency situation and requires immediate attention. Contact ATH Restoration for a free consultation.
Mold can grow in hidden places behind drywall, wallpaper, or paneling, under carpets or bathroom flooring, on the top sides of ceiling tiles, and in many other out-of-the-way places.
Mold testing may be appropriate if your home consistently smells musty or if someone living in your home is having allergic reactions, skin rashes, asthma attacks, or other health irritants that may be related to mold.
Our Mold Testing Process
ATH Restoration will perform a professional assessment. During our analysis, we will offer guidance, perform mold sampling, and recommend a plan for removal, which may involve specialized mold remediation.
If mold remediation is needed, a third party post clearance test will be conducted after the remediation is complete. At that time, mold testing will determine that air quality is returned to healthy levels and the area has been proficiently cleaned and remediated.
Our mold testing determines the species of mold, any toxins it produces, where it’s concentrated, and if mold spores are airborne. The knowledge gained from this assessment enables us to tailor our mold remediation process to your specific circumstances.
First, we perform a visual evaluation of your home. We will search for water damage or excessive moisture that causes mold growth.
Next, we determine what types of samples should be taken, how many, and from what locations in your home. If mold is visible we will take tape or swab samples. Air quality testing will determine if there is mold in ducts and HVAC systems. Taking a sample of air outside the home is used as a baseline to tell us what natural species of mold are found in the area and how plentiful they are.
Finally, we send the samples to our lab for testing and present you with the results along with specific recommendations.
Mold and Your Health
We do not recommend that you investigate or treat a mold problem on your own. Disturbing hidden mold can send hazardous yet unseen spores into the air to contaminate other areas of your home.
If you suspect a mold problem, do not operate your HVAC systems which can spread mold spores all over your home. Give us the opportunity to visit the affected area and offer professional guidance.
Inhaled mold spores can irritate the respiratory system, making them a serious threat to people with chronic lung diseases, weakened immune systems, and asthma. Watch for symptoms indicating a possible reaction to mold, including:
- Runny Nose
- Eye irritation
- Difficulty breathing
We encourage you to ask questions at any time during the mold testing process. Our goal is to educate and provide you with peace of mind as we resolve your mold-related concerns.
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