Mold Testing

Leaks, Leaks and more Leaks!

Mold is a tenacious, unwelcome house guest. It climbs up bathroom walls, invades carpet and infests drywall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, six varieties of household mold are common, and three can produce toxins. The CDC linked one of them, stachybotrys atra, to 10 cases of lung disorder in infants five years ago and 100 cases since.

Don’t wait till the mold issue gets out of hand. Call us to-day. We will schedule your testing, meet with you and discuss the problem as well as the remedies available to you.

Environspec is nationally certified : ESA certification # 0146,  as a phase 200 and 300 mold inspection agency. We are one of north eastern Pennsylvania’s leading mold inspection company’s.  Providing services to our residential and commercial clients, insurance agencies, relocation firms as well as banks and other real-estate associated businesses.

Don’t be talked into a quick water bleach and soap clean up job. That will only result in more extensive and costly clean up later.

Bleach on its own will take care of some mildew and mold but will not get rid of the more harmful molds. Only the proper megacides will do the job properly. It is also important to correct the cause of the conditions that have created the mold issue. Call us at the above number. We are here to help.

Testing is required both before and after clean up to ensure that the job is done properly. We are using BioSis air sampling equipment to ensure a high standard of testing. Swab testing does not give you all the information on what molds are present. Only a full air test can determine the extent and type of molds in your home.

We are also nationally certified as a moisture analysist, providing our clients with a full evaluation of not only the mold issues but also the conditions that have contributed to the problem.

Environspec can provide you with testing, expert laboratory results as well as remediation of the problem.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for homeowners to distinguish between toxic and the benign molds – they all look like black or gray sooty patches. A great number of our homes are being contaminated with mold. This is primarily due to elevated moisture levels and lack of ventilation. Mold can and will effect your health. It feeds on the cellulose materials in your home resulting in damage to your health, home and environment.

Testing is the only sure way to determine what type of mold is in the home. The type of clean up needed and the extent of the contamination.

The following are some of the leading causes of mold formation:

  1. Damp basements & crawl spaces with limited air flow.
  2. Excessive condensation and moisture entry.
  3. The home being closed up and not used for extended periods of time.
  4. Leaks due to poor ground and roof drainage, improper grading, roof covering damage, damaged siding, lack of caulking and improper or missing flashing’s on the roof, back of deck headers, at windows and doors.
  5. Poor lot / site drainage.
  6. Stucco & EIFS leaks due to improper flashing’s and detailing.

What to look for in your home:

  1. Dark staining on walls and ceiling.
  2. Damp stains on finishing as well as below windows, doors and skylights.
  3. Black substances on walls, floors, trim, behind furniture / pictures.
  4. A musty / dank odor.
  5. Signs of fungal growth and mildew in crawl spaces / basements, on wood members and insulation.
  6. Excessively damp areas.
  7. Flood damage or water entry.
  8. Family members having – Continuous cold type symptoms – Headaches – Rashes –  Depression – Bloody nose – Dizziness or stuffiness. These are a few of the more common effects.

No matter what type of mold is in your home, your safety depends on the size of the contamination the type and extent of exposure. Continued exposure can result in damaging health problems. If you suspect that there is a mold problem in your home then testing is needed.

Environspec Testing:

  • State of the art  Bio – Sis equipment used to sample the air and determine the location and type of mold.
  • Swab & bulk sampling to determine tangible areas.
  • All tests are analyzed by a certified laboratory.
  • A moisture intrusion inspection to help determine the cause of water and moisture entry.
  • Advice on clean up & repairs needed to help prevent additional problems developing.

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