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Don’t let your guard down after experiencing a flood or leak, because hidden amid the aftermath is the invisible threat of mold in your home.

Many people may be surprised to hear that mold is actually everywhere. Microscopic mold spores are always in the air that we breathe, although usually in harmlessly low concentrations.

But in the presence of excess moisture — often immediately after a flood or water leak — these mold spores can begin to grow and propagate.

According to the EPA, moisture control is the key to mold control. If a water-damaged surface or area isn’t completely dried within 24-48 hours, you should expect that mold will grow.

What to Do if You Have Mold

Address the problem as soon as possible. Mold is a biological organism that will continue to grow and spread if left alone, causing serious damage to your property and endangering your health.

1. Often the first step in fixing a mold problem is to do a mold assessment.

 

This is an inspection of the extent of water damage and mold growth. Mold assessments are important for finding and identifying moisture conditions that may be hidden behind walls, underneath floors, and inside building materials.

2. The second step is mold remediation and removal.

This involves both removing visible mold growth and fixing the underlying moisture conditions. Based on EPA and New York State Guidelines, you should consider the size of the mold growth when deciding how to remediate it.

  • If the mold covers only a small, isolated area that’s less than 10 square feet (approximately a 3 ft. x 3 ft. square), remediation can be done by trained personnel following safe work practices.

  • If the mold covers more than 10 square feet, it’s recommended to hire licensed mold professionals to handle the job.

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Licensed Mold Inspection  Services in NYC & NJ

Jasper Ridge Consulting has more than 25 years of experience helping New Yorkers assess and address mold problems in homes, buildings, apartments, offices, and businesses.

We are a team of New York State-licensed and New Jersey State-Licensed mold assessment professionals with the know-how to quickly and effectively tackle any mold issue.

Mold Inspections & Assessments

  • Comprehensive mold assessments using moisture sensors, infrared cameras & swab testing

  • Environmental air sampling and testing

Mold Testing

About Mold Inspections, Assessments, & Testing

Mold problems are like icebergs — what you see is often just the tip. Water and moisture can easily penetrate through walls, floors, and other structural openings, resulting in mold growing in places you can’t see.

The purpose of a mold inspection (also called a mold assessment) is to find all of the places where mold and moisture have invaded in order to come up with a comprehensive plan to fix the problem.

Why Is It Important?

The purpose of a mold inspection is to find all of the places where mold and moisture have invaded in order to come up with a comprehensive plan to fix the problem.

Without knowing where the mold is, it’s difficult to properly address the problem and stop it from spreading. That’s why mold assessments are a necessary step when trying to identify and remediate mold issues.

Note: Mold inspections are not the same as mold testing, which aims to identify the species of mold present. Mold testing is usually unnecessary and not recommended, since any type of mold growth should be remediated regardless of the species.

Depending on the severity of the mold condition, you may either opt to inspect for mold yourself or hire a trained professional. The latter is helpful to ensure an accurate assessment of the moisture problem and develop a site-specific work plan.

The average cost of a professional mold inspection in New York City ranges from $350 to $1500, depending on the size and location of the home or building.

What Does It Entail?
 

Mold assessments start with a visual inspection to determine the extent of any water damage and mold growth. This includes mold on visible surfaces as well as hidden areas where moisture or mold may be present, such as:

  • Inside walls

  • Behind wallpaper and moldings

  • Underneath carpets and floorboards

  • Crawl spaces

  • Attics

  • Ducts and ventilation systems

  • Insulation and other building materials

 

In order to detect hidden moisture or mold in the aftermath of a flood or leak, equipment such as moisture sensors and infrared cameras should be used during the assessment.

Air sampling is not always necessary, but can also be used to confirm the presence of mold when the source cannot be visually identified. Samples should be taken by a trained professional and analyzed at an accredited laboratory.

 

At the end of the assessment, you’ll receive a mold assessment report with findings and a detailed plan for remediation.

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