SERVPRO franchises, such as our own SERVPRO of East Sterling Heights/West Clinton Twp. do not do formal mold sampling, testing or interpreting of mold testing results. SERVPRO franchises such as ours do, however, carry out mold remediation in homes and businesses when the owners or their insurance company determines it is needed. This is quite often the case when there is visible mold present, for example, in closets, basements or attics following a flood or other water loss. Such water losses tend to elevate the humidity of interior air. If that elevated humidity goes on for long enough, it is very common for visible mold to grow, since many molds are present in the air everywhere indoors or out. When visible mold is present, owners often consult with their insurance company and call in a provider that does mold remediation professionally and has two things done.
- The source of the elevated moisture in the air is corrected (e.g., wet building contents are dried or removed, leaks are stopped, spaces around exterior openings are caulked, etc.)
- Visible mold, and the staining it causes on wood or drywall surfaces, is removed using EPA-registered products.
Most of the time mold remediation is done when there is visible mold present and without formal sampling or testing being done. Sometimes, though, sampling and testing do need to be done first in spite of the costs involved (possibly several hundred dollars). Here are several scenarios in which that may be appropriate.
- When visible mold is not present, but the smell of mold is present. Here a mold inspection and mold test can reveal whether there is indeed elevated mold, and where it is located.
- When there have been plumbing leaks or other water issues and someone suspects that elevated mold may exist in the air and/or behind walls.
- Post Mold Removal Clearance: Testing ensures that previous mold issues have been resolved and mold counts have returned to normal levels found in similar environments.
- Health Concerns: In some cases a patient has a health issue of unknown origin but with symptoms common to mold exposure (coughing, sneezing, headaches, etc.). Here, a mold inspection and test may help a doctor to confirm or rule out mold exposure as a cause.
- Real estate transactions: Documented inspection to protect a buyer or seller.
- Landlord/Tenant disputes: Documented inspection to determine if a mold problem exists.
- Someone thinks he or she sees or smells mold but is not sure.
- Someone is interested in a general Indoor Air Quality test of his or her environment.
When formal sampling and testing are done by a lab, one of the things included in their report to the owners is a remediation protocol for removal of the mold. When present, such a protocol gives SERVPRO a step-by-step plan to follow for remediation. Call us at 586-412-9595 if you need us.