Frequently Asked Questions
ARE SAMPLES REQUIRED?
Mold samples are not required, but can be helpful. Sometimes you can not physically see the mold, so an air sample can determine if there is mold present. Tape samples and swabs can determine what type of species are present.
WHAT IS MOLD?
Mold is a type of fungus that lives anywhere that there is moisture, oxygen, and organic matter. Mold indoors can cause health problems and structural damage to buildings.
DO I HAVE TO GET AN ASSESSMENT?
Yes, NYS has passed a law, effective January 1, 2016. In order for the removal of mold by a mold remediator contractor, there first needs to be an assessment from an NYS licensed mold assessor.
HOW DO YOU ANALYZE SAMPLES?
A mold inspector will send all of the samples, air or surface, to a lab. A complete report is sent back to determine if mold is present and/or species.
WILL THE MOLD COME BACK?
We will write in our report what we believe to be the source of the problem that is causing the mold. The mold remediator contractor will work with you to fix the source, to prevent any future mold growth. If the source is not fixed, it is possible for mold to come back. A couple of examples are a leaky pipe or damaged roofing.
HOW DO I PREVENT BREATHING IN MOLD?
Your mold remediator contractor might suggest you have your air ducts cleaned and sanitized if mold spores are present in the air.
CAN I REMOVE THE MOLD MYSELF?
Having a professional mold remediator is always recommended. In most cases, the area needs to be contained and set up with negative pressure so the rest of the property isn't exposed during the removal process.
CAN MOLD AFFECT MY HEALTH?
Mold can have many effects on your health. Such symptoms are:
- Trouble Breathing
WHERE ARE COMMON AREAS MOLD IS FOUND?
Mold commonly grows in basements, where it can be damp and dark. Attics, where there is not proper ventilation or damage to the roof. Bathrooms and kitchens are also common areas that may be caused by a leaky or burst pipe.