A quick overview of the mold inspection, testing and removal process to give you a good idea of how we’ll eradicate the outbreak of mold from your home.
Mold isn’t always visible when you attempt to look for it, yet a lot of people have a good idea it’s languishing somewhere inside their home. The reason they come to this conclusion usually boils down to a couple of things. They might smell a musty odor they can’t explain even though they’re sure they have cleaned every corner of their home upside down. Does this sound familiar to you? If it’s not the smell it might be because you’re suffering from symptoms normally associated with mold.
If you breathe in the mold spores for long enough, even if there isn’t toxic black mold in your home you can end up with a sore throat, a terrible cough, flu like symptoms, plus a lot of other different things. If the terrible odor doesn’t go away or you do start to notice some of those symptoms, you should call Dryfast as soon as possible because we offer a free inspection. We’ll go through the entire process you might face including the mold inspection, testing and removal of the mold.
It All Starts With A Mold Inspection
The reason you might have missed the mold could have nothing to do with it not being visible, but there is a chance you didn’t know where to look. You won’t have any experience with mold, but the specialist who visits your home will have years worth of experience searching for mold in thousands of homes. That means they know all the sneaky places the mold likes to hide. As soon as they arrive they will begin searching in places like crawlspaces, ceiling and wall cavities, the attic, and a number of different areas. You can make it easier for the specialist if you let them know where the smell of musty odor is at its worst.
Testing The Air For Mold Spores
Even with a thermal imaging camera that can see the frames behind your walls, the mold still might not be visible although it’s definitely there. A good procedure you can perform is to test the air quality, looking for a high concentration of spores floating around. Moisture and humidity meters can also be used and the results from these tests are usually good enough to determine the mold isn’t just a figment of your imagination, so when the specialist is convinced mold damage is occurring somewhere they’ll be able to use the results to help locate it.
First You’ll Get A Mold Inspection Report
The initial free inspection will only be used to locate the mold and find out how much damage it’s caused, because before we can start any work we’ll have to give you a detailed mold inspection report. This will include things like the details of the damage, the water source causing the mold, any photographs the inspector takes, and most importantly the cost of removing the mold and restoring your home to its former glory. The reason it’s so important is because we can’t begin working on the mold removal process until you’ve signed off on it, but let’s just assume that has been done.
Removing All The Mold From Your Home
Now comes the fun part, and it’s the first step towards eradicating your mold growth. Your belongings will be taken away, and you’ll be given a list of salvageable and non-salvageable items. Do what you want with the non-salvageable ones, but we’ll clean everything else. All the damaged materials will be disposed of except the framing, which will be cleaned using a special solution. We’ll work hard to clear all the mold away, and we’ll also apply a coating to make sure it won’t come back.
Your Mold Growth Will Be Gone
Apart from returning your belongings from our cleaning facility, the last step in the process will be to give your home one final test to see if we can detect any more mold. This involves another thorough inspection, including testing the air quality to see if there is still a high concentration of spores in the air. What we’ve just described is a shortened version of the mold inspection, testing and removal process, but even though it’s a little more complicated the exact procedure will be largely dependent on each individual home.