Mold Testing in Forest Acres, South Carolina, 29204

Mold Testing in Forest Acres, SC

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Mold Testing in Forest Acres, SC

Forest Acres is an area whose structures and lifestyles are affected by high humidity and water intrusion. These factors often lead to the growth of mold. Mold growth, in turn, can lead to structural deterioration and health issues for the inhabitants of the space. Sometimes growth is seen, sometimes the occupant is experiencing health issues they believe is caused by mold, sometimes an odor is the only indicator. A mold inspection and testing can help identify and resolve mold issues. In some cases, formal testing may not even be necessary - a mold assessment may suffice in determining the need for remediation. Hiring a mold inspector who can test if needed is a good move as they are specialists in determining what you need and don't need. 

Mold Testing Forest Acres, SC, 29204

Forest Acres Mold Testing Pros & Cons

The EPA states that testing or sampling is not necessary if there is visible mold growth. Also, remediation for all mold species follows the same necessary process. If the area with mold is less than 10 square feet, the mold can be taken care of by the homeowner.  

There are many reasons to have a mold assessment by a professional. If there is substantial microbial growth, the occupant/s are having health issues, or you detect a musty odor, you should consider calling a professional. You may see growth that may or may not be mold. The mold inspector has the experience and tools to identify even hidden mold, or the water or moisture issues that have led to mold growth. A determination is made as to whether or not formal testing is required. The best sampling method will be identified by the tester, whether it be air or surface testing. Sometimes the client wants to determine the specific species of mold, and the inspector is qualified to do this. The interpretation of laboratory results is essential as well. Post remediation testing can determine if the mold has been successfully remediated. Peace of mind often accompanies taking the time and spending the money for mold testing. 

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Mold Testing Red Flags - Forest Acres

Red flag #1 - A company offers free or very low-cost mold testing. The question would be, since there are lab fees associated with reputable testing, how are they able to provide the testing for free? Often the tester is a part of a mold remediation company, and is their goal to obtain the remediation work? Are they going to come in, grab a quick pump air sample, and do not spend the time diagnosing the structure?  

Red flag #2 - A company is charging an excessive amount for the services - sometimes over $1,000.00. That said, some tests are more costly than others - make sure that you have compared prices and that the scope of the testing is the same as the companies you are comparing. You might want to ask for references, their experience, and check out their website as well. 

Regardless, ask for an explanation of precisely what will be included in the inspection and testing fee - this is the scope of work essentially. Do your homework so that you can hire someone with confidence. 

Mold Testing Forest Acres, South Carolina, 29204

Should You Have Your Forest Acres Home Tested For Mold?

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control states that extreme weather emergencies in the state cause many residents to worry about mold growth. High humidity and precipitation levels also contribute to moisture concerns. 

Deciding to test for mold is not always easy or obvious. If there is visible microbial growth, if you know that there has been water intrusion from any source, high humidity, a strong, musty odor is present, or health symptoms are attributed to mold, then seriously consider testing. Mold is a living organism that can spread almost invisibly through the air, colonizing, and feeding on any organic material. Not everyone reacts the same to mold, some people are susceptible, and some are not. Safeguarding your health and your home is essential. If you are worried about or see mold, make a phone call to a professional, and ask questions.  

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About - The Mold Girl

The Mold Girl has years of experience dealing with mold and other air quality issues. She can determine if testing is necessary, and is an independent agent who serves only you as her client. Her continuing education in the industry and networking with other IAQ professionals across the country mean that the Mold Girl has the professionalism to meet your needs. She will take the time to meet with you, conduct a building diagnosis based on your comments and history with the structure. The Mold Girl will decide what and if tests are necessary, conduct the testing, and send the tests to an independent third party lab. She will call you when the results come in (between 24 and 48 hours) and then follow-up with a full written report. If remediation is needed, a protocol will be written for a mold remediation company of your choice. Finally, she will be available should any unforeseen events affect the scope of work and will conduct post-remediation testing if desired. Mold Girl services include:

  • Mold Inspection and Assessments
  • Post Remediation Testing
  • Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Leak Detection
  • Water Damage Inspections and Cleanup Protocols
  • Asbestos Testing
  • Bacteria Testing
  • Odor Removal