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Do I Need to Test for Mold in my Wellington Home?

8/26/2022 (Permalink)

In South Florida, mold spores tend to be ubiquitous in the air. Mold forms large colonies, temperatures of 40F moisture, and organic matter are required. Any area of a home that has been exposed or is prone to moisture is also likely to have some form of mold growth. It is common for homeowners to ask "how do I know if I have to get rid of mold in my home?" The answer lies in industry best practices and guidance from a mold remediation company. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach provides mold damage restoration for Wellington and the surrounding areas. Our IICRC-certified remediators help determine if you need a mold remediation service. We utilize training and guidance from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other industry leaders.

Do I need to sample mold in my home?

If mold is visible, you may not need to provide extensive sampling, but it is recommended by mold remediation companies and insurance agency best practices. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Air quality testing helps determine pre and post-test contaminants present in the air. Sampling for mold should be conducted by certified mold assessors who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols and sampling methods. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.

Below are some scenarios  mold testing would be utilized:

  • Real estate transactions
  • An environment where someone believes they smell mold but don't see it
  • Someone specifically wants to understand air quality and therefore obtain an Indoor Air Quality test
  • Allergies or sensitivities seem to be agitated for an unknown reason

SERVPRO of West Palm Beach inspects your home for mold and provides a remediation plan that works for your needs. We arrange for a third-party mold assessment company to assist with pre and post-testing so that you can trust the benchmarks. We coordinate with adjustors and insurance agents to ensure a hassle-free and streamlined process. Call 561-795-5410 to schedule a mold inspection today.

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