Picture this: it’s an average school day, and you are getting the kids ready for school. You head to the laundry room – only to find that a leaky pipe has caused a musty smell that’s now permeating the room. You know that you need to find the source of the smell, so you start looking only to discover with horror that there is a strange, suspicious dark spot spreading alongside the leak. This is something you never dreamed would happen in your Manhattan home.
Mold issues should not be taken lightly. Depending on the extent of the mold spores present, they can cause a wide range of health issues (especially in those in at-risk groups who have low immune systems, kids, and the elderly). Mold is an allergen and irritant that can cause everything from runny noses to more extreme (and rare) symptoms like pneumonia.
Not only that, but the very nature of mold means that spores can travel almost anywhere and colonize on any surface. This means that even mold that seems to be isolated to a specific area can cause more issues in the home down the line. Mold spores, carried through the air, can permeate clean, unaffected areas, and you won’t see that it has spread at first.
When structures in the home become water damaged, the only way to know for sure that there is no mold present is to get it tested for mold. That is where we come into play. Here is what you should know about testing and inspecting for mold:
What the Lamunyon Mold Inspection Process Looks Like
Here at Lamunyon, our mold inspection processes are very thorough. Your mold specialist will begin with a visual inspection, checking for any conditions that contribute to the growth of mold. The specialist then documents any findings by photographing affected, problem areas. We do this to ensure that you can see exactly what we did during the evaluation. From there, we can utilize thermal imaging (via infrared cameras) to detect temperature differences in building materials. This is because different building materials are cooler than others, and those temperature differences are picked up by the infrared camera.
The specialist then begins a moisture mapping process to locate the building materials that are damp enough to support mold growth. The technician may conduct another moisture testing to determine if leaks have been resolved or if they’re actively leaking, and to determine where the water damage starts and stops. After the mold evaluation, the technician will compile their findings to provide you with a mold evaluation synopsis.
Mold Testing Options
Here at Lamunyon, we offer many different testing methods (upon request, for an additional fee). Indoor air quality laboratory testing involves taking air samples to determine if your indoor spore levels are higher than they should be, and what types of mold are present in your home. Our air tests include a control (an outdoor sample or two) and an indoor test (one to two per floor of your home). In addition to our above-outlined mold inspection process and air testing, we also offer surface testing. Surfaces tests involve a technician applying a sticky piece of glass to the suspected area and then sending it in for laboratory testing to determine what kind of mold it is.
Call Lamunyon Today!
Lamunyon Dry Out and Foundation Repair has been serving Kansas homeowners since 1973. Our skilled specialists have experience with all insurance companies, so we’ll get the job done right, the first time. We are so sure that we can help resolve your mold issue that we offer a 5-year, mold-free warranty to every customer that maintains the environment we’ll set up for you. We would be happy to help homeowners in the Manhattan area with mold inspection and testing, remediation, and more. Give us a call today to find out how we can fix that mold problem, once and for all.