Many Bergen County NJ homeowners ask us why mold testing services are necessary prior to beginning their mold remediation project. There are several reasons why this is a critical step in the mold removal process. Just ask Susan G. from Ridgewood NJ. She hired our company to perform mold testing services to see if her recent chronic allergy symptoms were associated with mycotoxins exposure in her home.
Susan called us and explained that in the last six months she has been experiencing the following chronic allergy aymptoms. Iitchy watery eyes, coughing, and headaches. She told us these symptoms began around the time she moved into her new home in Ridgewood New Jersey. At the end of our conversation she requested that we come to her home to evaluate her situation.
The next morning we sent out a certified mold professional Mr. Eric Thoroughman. He conducted a full mold inspection of her home which included both physical and air testing. The purpose was to see if Susan was getting sick from the environment inside her home. Turns out that she most definitely was. The mold testing results showed that the hidden problem we found in her basement furnace closet ceiling was the culprit. It was putting off toxic spores that were entering her HVAC furnace and circulating this contamination throughout the air in her home. The type of contamination was Stachybotrys which happens to be the most toxic of all mold species.
After our company received the laboratory testing results back we immediately informed Susan of her problem and proceeded to begin full blown mold remediation services in her Bergen County NJ home. Fast forward two weeks and Susan’s itchy watery eyes, coughing, and headaches were now gone. Thanks to the mold testing results and the fine work by our certified mold removal team.
When is Mold Testing Necessary in your Bergen County NJ Home
- You smell a musty odor in your home. This type of odor is usually caused by microbial contamination somewhere in your Bergen County NJ home.
- You have recently experienced a water damage issue in your home. Mold testing is needed as growth will occur in as little as 48 hours after water damage has happened.
- You have found possible growth in one specific area of the home as mold spores can quickly disperse throughout a home causing a more widespread problem.
- You or someone else living in your home have recently been experiencing mold related health symptoms such as chronic sinus infections, allergy symptoms, itchy watery eyes, coughing or headaches like Susan from Ridgewood NJ.
- It is also a very good idea to have mold testing in your Bergen County NJ home if someone in your house is immune compromised as they are much more likely to become symptomatic due to mycotoxin exposure. Whether they have asthma, severe environmental allergies, respiratory disorders, or immune system disorders, you will need to have your home checked periodically.
- You suspect there may be a hidden problem in your home that you just can’t find.
The short answer is you should always have mold testing whenever you suspect a mold problem in your home! It is also very important to address any contamination problem in your home as soon as you discover it! You should start with doing a Google search such as “Mold Testing Companies Near Me” or “Mold Testing Companies in Bergen County NJ”. You will know you have found the right company when they explain that they will need to perform professional mold inspection and testing services before they can write a successful mold remediation protocol for your home. Or you can simply call Certified Mold Removal Inc. at (201) 773-1466. We can have a certified professional mold inspection and testing specialist at your home within a few hours’ time!
What is the Purpose of Mold Testing
Mold testing has two main purposes. First, we need to verify the presence and species of mold growing on a surface in your home. Mold testing professionals will often spot a potential issue and take a swab test to confirm the presence of mold. Many times, staining on a wall or ceiling takes on the appearance of mold but tests negative for it. This is because mold comes in a rainbow of colors, shapes and sizes. I can fool even the most experienced of mold inspection and testing professionals. The last thing you want us to do is assume that what we are looking at is indeed mold contamination and move directly into an expensive mold remediation project. By testing first, you avoid the pitfall of performing any unnecessary and potentially costly mold remediation activities in your Bergen County NJ home.
There is another important reason why you want mold testing services performed prior to beginning your Bergen County NJ . It will ensure that we can successfully eliminate any airborne mold removal issues in your home. As discussed earlier, Susan from Ridgewood NJ was getting very sick from the airborne Stachybotrys mold in her home. These mold testing services prior to beginning Susan’s mold remediation project allowed us to properly diagnose what was happening in her home. This which in turn informed us how long commercial air scrubbing machines needed to be running in her home to successfully remove this airborne contamination. Additionally, these airborne mold testing results also let us know that her HVAC air duct system was cross contaminated, which required us to clean and sanitize the entire air duct system in her Ridgewood NJ home.
Moral of the Story
The moral is that if Susan had hired another mold removal company, the outcome would have been different. Many companies do not believe in or understand the importance of these mold testing services prior to beginning a project. As a result, they would never have come to the same conclusions. Likewise, they would not have been successful in eliminating these airborne mold problems in her home. Susan would have spent thousands of dollars having the wall and ceiling in her HVAC furnace closet torn out and new sheetrock installed but would still be experiencing her chronic allergy symptoms without ever knowing why. Luckily, she found and hired the right company to address her problem.
Since 1995 Certified Mold Removal Inc., has specialized in professional certified mold testing and remediation services in Bergen County NJ! We have an expert team of experienced mold testing and remediation specialists. This is why we can save you time and money addressing your mold removal issues the right way. We have completed over 5,000 successful mold inspection, testing and remediation projects. As a rtesult, we are widely considered the leading authority in Bergen County NJ. Call Certified Mold Removal Inc. now at (201) 773-1466.