Mold is an ongoing problem in homes and businesses across the country, and a familiar issue in regions that experience higher humidity environments like Georgia’s. No home or building can ever be completely mold free, but the problem can be controlled and mitigated to decrease the potential for adverse health effects, such as allergic reactions or asthma. But first, the mold must be found, and that can only happen through an inspection of the property.
Mold can start to appear within 24 to 48 hours following a plumbing emergency, flood, or structural issue that allows water to seep inside walls or invade other spaces within the building. Air quality is affected as well, due to mold spores that develop as the mold reproduces. Once the moisture is removed and its source remedied, the mold cleanup can begin.
Regular, periodic inspections by a recognized water restoration company in Roswell are important, not only in homes, but in commercial buildings and educational facilities as well.
Visible mold growth is generally the first sign that there is a moisture problem that needs to be remedied. Testing for unseen mold growth can be an expensive process, however, so it isn’t always financially feasible for small or commercial businesses or schools to conduct surface tests or air quality tests, unless there are other factors that call for further testing. Those tests will often only provide the type of mold growth present. These are some of the signs of mold growth:
An inspection takes into account any leak or flood history that occurred in the building, and includes an exploration of areas where mold might be found.
If mold is found in a commercial building, school, or facility, FEMA suggests measuring the size of the area where the growth was identified. If the total area affected is more than 25 square feet, a professional contractor should be consulted.
Because mold remediation is not a state or federally regulated industry, it is important to hire a qualified expert in water mitigation in Kennesaw or the surrounding area who can perform the inspection. Reputable companies adhere to guidelines recommended through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which was developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) with regard to the evaluation and cleanup of mold.
If you’ve experienced a plumbing leak or weather event that allowed moisture inside your home, contact Integrity Restoration and Renovation to schedule a mold inspection in Roswell or the Atlanta metro area.