- WHEN SHOULD MOLD TESTING BE DONE?
Mold testing is necessary when there are visible signs of mold. Most people want a specimen sent to the lab to ensure IT IS mold, and to identify what species/genus of mold it is. It is universally agreed upon (in our industry) that if mold is visible it should be safely removed. It is not irrelevant to test the type of mold, but insurance companies, and most individuals want to identify that it is indeed mold. The spore count is not important when visible evidence of mold is discovered; after all, it should be removed through remediation. We recommend mold testing in situations where there is visible, as well as no visible evidence of mold. Some occupants may experience reoccurring health issues or symptoms. We are not here to provide any medical or healthcare advice. We are present to advise of the presence or lack thereof of a contamination of mold in the home or other dwelling. We are also useful post completion of remediation to ensure all mold has been properly removed with no elevated level of spores being airborne. While we feel pre-testing for mold is sometimes not needed, post testing is very important to us. We feel that the knowledge of the air testing after remediation services have been performed is very important and helpful to ensure the best results possible. We verify that mold counts are within a safe range before we leave your property. This matters to us as it confirms the quality of our work.
- MY DOCTOR TOLD ME I HAVE A MOLD ALLERGY. CAN YOU DETERMINE WHETHER THE TYPES OF MOLD THAT AFFECT ME ARE IN MY HOME?
We will specify the quantity of samples required based on the size of the building, and if a specific room or rooms is affected, then the size of the room will enable us to determine how many samples or specimens is needed for testing. Give us a call and provide us with more information to get an estimate of the number of samples required for your home or building. The most effective way to determine if a mold specimen is needed is by performing a thorough mold inspection first!
- SHOULDN'T I JUST HAVE A MOLD REMOVAL SERVICE GIVE ME A FREE INSPECTION?
To start the process of mold remediation (if it is even necessary), is to begin with a mold assessment. We will arm you with the factual information for a mold remediator to be able to provide you with an estimate, and to provide you with information to determine IF mold remediation is necessary. The State of Florida provides you with an unbiased professional inspection and professional opinion of necessary work to be done, but the State makes sure to properly divide the responsibility of a Mold Assessor and a Mold Remediator to protest you, the customer. Mold Assessors do not provide mold removal. We will provide a report of your moisture/mold issue and methods by which to solve it. In cases requiring professional remediation, we can provide a Remediation Plan, or Protocol, which they will use as an outline for their removal. After their work is complete, Allergy & Asthma Consultants, Inc. can test, or if already tested at the beginning of the project, then re-test your home or office to ensure the problem is fully resolved.
- CAN I USE BLEACH TO GET RID OF MY MOLD?
Bleach is not enough to adequately take care of mold problems and will not solve the latent cause of the mold infestation. It can also cause chemical odors and leave residue. Those whom are hypersensitive to certain particulates or VOC's (volatile organic compounds) can end up with a double whammy from bleach and the presence of mold.
- THERE IS BAD BLACK MOLD IN MY HOME. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
First of all, just because mold that you can see is black does not mean it is toxic black mold. Mold of the time, toxic mold is green or brown, and sometimes black. There is no such thing as good mold. We inspect for and find all mold problems, and can determine whether a handyman will be able to remove the problem or if a professional service is required. Do not allow myths you have heard from friends, family, or the internet to frighten you. Mold should be tested if it is visible to determine if it is mold, allergens, dust, dirt, etc.
- WHO CAN REMOVE MY MOLD?
Allergy & Asthma Consultants, Inc. assesses whether you can take care of your situation yourself or with the help of a licensed trade professional/contractor, or if a licensed and insured professional remediator is necessary. Professionals utilize stringent procedures to ensure that the mold is completely removed, and that no spores make their way into other areas of your home.
- WHAT ARE THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF DIRECT EXPOSURE TO MOLD?
The majority of people are not impacted by direct exposure to low concentrations of mold, unless they are exposed to a great deal of mold. Everyone is different; exactly what totals up to a "great deal of direct exposure" for some individuals is "not a lot" for others. Keep in mind, mold is everywhere; we are all exposed to mold every day. Direct exposure to mold can trigger and annoy allergies in vulnerable individuals, however we have no idea just how much direct exposure is required to begin the development of allergy.
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN A MOLD TEST AND A MOLD INSPECTION?
In selecting your mold professional take precautions to choose and experienced professional company that will inspect the entire property. Many times price-driven promotions offer a quick 2 sample test with a basic lab report. However, they do not offer a thorough mold inspection of your property nor provide you with extensive information about mold in all areas of your home.