Mold Testing Miami
Whether you’re buying, selling or a homeowner, mold remains a major concern for everyone. Mold exists naturally and it’s one of the most dangerous organisms that can invade your home. You can find it in plants, foods, and organic materials that exist indoors and outdoors. Often, mold spores enter our homes through windows, doorways, and HVAC systems. It thrives in humid environments such as leaky roofs & pipes, bath tubs, humidifiers, and overflowing sinks.
Left unchecked, mold presence can drastically lower the value of a home. Exposure to mold can trigger severe health problems. Small exposure to mold spores can cause mild allergic reactions while a large exposure can cause asthma attacks. Normally, the health effects and symptoms vary from person to person. Are you worried that mold may have infested your home or business?
Florida Inspections Unlimited offers professional black mold inspection and testing services in Miami and throughout South Florida. We will examine all areas that may harbor mold and perform indoor air quality testing to determine mold levels. Our inspectors will undertake swift and through inspections and provide you with a detailed report and digital pictures on the state of your home or business. We will give your property a clean bill of health and make professional recommendations on dealing with the menace of mold whether you are buying, selling or a current homeowner. Remember that you are not only buying a home, you are also buying the air in it.
Performing a Mold Inspection Assessment:
Our mold assessors are licensed and insured by the state of Florida. A professional mold inspection or mold assessment evaluation include not only sampling but also a comprehensive visual inspection to detect issues and problems related to mold that are not apparent to most people without training in building science and mold inspections. Mold is everywhere yes all homes have small amount of mold.
When performing a mold inspection and testing we include a digital report with pictures a interior and exterior inspection a moisture survey of the property humidity and temperature readings laboratory samples and a thermal imaging infrared camera inspection to determine any moisture or water intrusion Areas of concern. After the mold inspection is performed and mold was found elevated levels of mold its recommend to do a clearance test. Post remediation testing.
Taking the Guesswork out of Mold testing:
There are 2 main types of mold samples, air and surface. The air test is the most important test. This test must be conducted outside the building and inside the building. The surface test is performed when Visible Evidence is Present. The preferred surface test method is with a conditioned swab. The swabs are hermetically sealed in a container until the time the sample is collected and then resealed.
Air Test: It can be typical to have mold spores in the air outside and inside. Mold spores can travel from outside into the home through windows and doors. The level or concentration of the mold inside compared to outside determines its significance. One air sample test accurately describes the amount of spores in the air at the time of the test and can and does vary from moment to moment or day by day. The air test is usually performed once per 1000 square feet indoors and once outdoors. A commonly asked question is why a test is needed outdoors? The answer is that an outdoor test is the baseline, or the reference to compare to the spore count indoors.
Surface test: A surface test is performed when there is Visible Evidence Present in order to identify the type of mold on that surface. It does not identify the species but the type. There are more than 1 million different species of mold. The swab test performed during this inspection will identify the family of species but not the actual species. This test would require the laboratory to grow the sample which can be done but usually is not necessary as long as the mold can be identified to a specific family or category.
Important: if you have mold and it must be removed, there can’t be enough said about finding a qualified remediation contractor who will take extreme care to remove the contaminated materials without contaminating the home during the removal process. Many times remediation contractors use large vacuums and fans to reduce the risk. There should be an air test performed after remediation by a person other than the remediation contactor.
Mold Facts you NEED to know:
- Water is the problem, mold is a results of excess water
- Mold can grow and produces spores in as little as 24-48 hours
- Most thrive in temperatures we feel comfortable in
- Airborne mold can be inhaled
- Presence of mold growth can impact your health, at home, the office or school.
- Respiratory problems such as wheezing, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath
- Nose or throat irritation
- Skin rashes or irritation
Did you know?
Most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and are not aware of the health hazards created by mold. Potential concerns like:
- Bathroom and Shower leaks and condensation
- Roofing problems and leaks
- Plumbing leaks
- Inadequate bathroom and kitchen ventilation
- Moisture Transfer through cement floors and walls
- Air Leaks around windows and doors
- HVAC mold assessment concerns
- Water Intrusion
- Attic Condensation
Indoor Air Quality Testing
The quality of air in your home is very important for occupants. Volatile organic compounds and toxic gases such as a carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and nitrogen oxides can contaminate the air in your home and cause serious health problems. If you suspect the air in your home is contaminated, call us and request for an indoor air quality test. As an accredited and fully certified Miami mold inspection and indoor air quality Inspection Company, we perform Indoor Air Quality Testing and Consulting services for clients in Florida. Our professionals can undertake small or large indoor air quality inspections for home owners and commercial clients.
Our Service Areas:
We perform mold inspection and testing throughout Miami Dade and Broward County, Miami, Weston , Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Tamarac, Dania Beach, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Southwest Ranches, Davie, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Aventura.
Call 305-910-1171 today and request a Free Estimate today. We’re available for weekday inspections and weekend visit.