Thinking of buying a property? You might benefit from a pre-purchase inspection for the property transaction, this could be important due to your health and safety and to safeguard your investment. If a property has had a mold issue in the past, and it was not properly remediated by the previous owners, then there could be contamination within the structure, which you may not notice until later when you begin to have health-related issues which can be linked to mold.
Think you have mold at your property? You have come to the right place, at Mill Creek Environmental, we are experts in mold inspections and testing and can provide you with professional advice and solutions.
Identifying Mold Growth
Mold can often grow in hidden or inaccessible areas such as behind walls, under flooring, or in the basement or attic. This is where a mold inspection becomes essential. By conducting an inspection, professionals, such as Mill Creek Environmental can use specialized techniques to detect mold growth that may not be initially visible. From this, we can determine the extent of the mold problem, and then determine the appropriate remediation measures which need to happen to solve the problem correctly.
Assessing Mold Types
There are various types of molds, but by identifying the specific type of mold present during an inspection and the levels of each mold present, we can help avoid potential health risks associated with these molds. This knowledge is especially important to guard against the potential reactions to mold and particularly important if you are either sensitive or allergic to mold.
Evaluating Indoor Air Quality
Mold growth can be dangerous as it releases spores into the air, which can severely affect the indoor air quality. These contaminants have been known to trigger allergies, respiratory problems, and other health issues, especially for individuals with pre-existing conditions. During a mold inspection, air sampling and testing is conducted. This is to measure the concentration of mold spores, and this then provides us with valuable information about the overall indoor air quality and any potential risks to occupants.
Preventing Structural Damage
Mold growth can cause significant damage to buildings and infrastructure over time if it isn’t identified and treated. Mold tends to feed on organic materials such as wood, drywall, and insulation. Over time this leads to decay and weakening of the structure, potentially making your home unstable and unsafe. By conducting regular mold inspections, any signs of mold growth can be identified early, this allows for timely remediation which can in turn prevent further structural damage. This proactive approach can save property owners from costly repairs and help to preserve the building for years to come.
Diagnosing Moisture Problems
Mold requires moisture to develop and grow, so the presence of mold often indicates underlying moisture issues within the building. During a mold inspection, we will investigate the source of moisture that is promoting mold growth. By addressing these moisture problems, you can eliminate the conditions in which the mold is thriving in, which will then also reduce the likelihood of mold infestations reoccurring.
Why might you have mold?
- A roof leak
- A pipe that burst
- Basement Flooding
- Living near a lake, pond, or river
- Storm water run-off intrusion from poor or worn caulking and flashing
How can you tell if you might have mold?
- Musty odor within the structure
- Visual mold growth
- Unexplained health problems, fatigue, or sudden allergy and asthma type symptoms
How do I prevent mold?
The best way to prevent mold is by controlling the moisture and humidity levels within your home or building. This includes proper ventilation and insulation of the structure, proper and timely clean-up of water leaks and flooding, and maintaining outside the residence or building with proper gutters, foundation, grading and landscape.
Mold Inspection Services at Mill Creek Environmental
Mill Creek Environmental offers Mold Inspection Services for consultation and analysis of residential and commercial properties in the areas of North Georgia and Greater Atlanta. Air Quality Testing is imperative for your safety, as well as any of your family members you may live with, or your employees who work within your building. Especially with the Georgia humidity and high moisture environments (bathrooms, basements, crawl spaces), which are prime mold growth areas for toxic mold spores.
What is a typical mold inspection process?
The inspection process by Mill Creek Environmental is as follows:
- We will conduct a historical evaluation that includes a short interview with the property owner.
- Thorough on-site evaluation including:
- All water areas in the building/home
- Interior inspection
- Exterior inspection
- Testing conducted based on the discovered conditions
- Samples taken and sent to a certified lab for evaluation
- Mold Assessment Report provided with Remediation Protocol (if necessary)
Are you worried about mold in your home or place of business? Perhaps you need a mold inspection for your property. Contact us today to find out more and book in with our friendly team.