Mold Testing

Professional mold testing and removal company servicing Sandusky, OH, and surrounding areas.

24 HR Emergency Mold Testing

24/7 Emergency Services

Mold grows colonies in just 24 hours spreading to other areas in your building. Act now! 

Insurance Approved

Our company is approved by all insurance providers, so we take any mold removal projects

Repairs

Mold restoration involves disposing of mold-affected materials. We will cleanup and repair all the damage.

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Your Local Mold Testing & Inspection Company

Do you suspect mold is growing within your home and is polluting the air quality inside your home? If you are experiencing unexplained allergy symptoms, mold is likely hiding inside your home in areas that are not easily visible. If the mold is not visible, you may consider testing for mold. 

At Erie Environmental, we are a professional mold testing and removal company, and we can remediate all of your mold issues. To test for mold, our team will source a third party professional mold inspector to perform an initial test to identify the presence of mold. After our team has completed the mold removal process, the third-party inspector will be brought back in to perform a final test to ensure all mold has been removed

Most Common Areas Where Mold Grows In The Home

In order for mold to grow, the mold spores need moisture, organic material such as wood, drywall, insulation, etc., and a warm environment. Mold most commonly will grow in warm, moist areas, like the bathroom, but there are also a handful of other areas when mold may grow in the home. 

The following are common areas that mold may grow in the home and remain unnoticed, requiring mold testing: 

  • Under Sinks
  • Around & Behind Leaky Windows
  • Under Carpet That Has Experienced Water Damage
  • Behind The Refridgerator 
  • Behind Dishwashers
  • Behind Drywall Around Pipes And Plumbing Lines
  • In Crawl Spaces That Contain Excess Water

Is Mold Testing Necessary?

A lot of homeowners will find themselves asking, “Do I really need to test for mold?” If you can visibly see the mold a test is not needed. In this case, the mold would simply just need to be removed, following all industry protocols. However, if the mold is not clearly visible, a mold test can identify the presence of mold.

Why Testing Visible Mold Is Unneeded

A lot of home and business owners believe mold testing should be performed to determine what type of mold is growing inside the property. However, this information is not relevant to the mold removal process. If the mold is visible, our team’s top priority is to remove the mold while following industry removal standards and keep you and your loved ones free of harm. Knowing the mold type does not change the methods used for mold removal because all mold is considered toxic to your health regardless of the type or color. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, “In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building’s compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated.” To read more from the EPA click, HERE.

When To Test For Mold

If the mold is not easily visible, but there is a lingering musty and mold odor, we suggest testing for mold. We also suggest testing for mold if your property has recently experienced water damages, such as leaking pipes, sewage backups, flooding, or other water losses. Mold can grow as quickly as 24-48 hours when provided the proper environment, so if you have recently discovered lingering water damage, there is likely mold lingering around the affected area. 

If you or your loved ones are experiencing unexplained systems such as itchy eyes and skin, congestion, asthma attacks, or breathing problems, we suggest testing for mold. Mold exposure can be especially harmful to people with developing or depleted immune systems, like children or elderly people. 

If you are planning on purchasing a new home, it is always a good idea to test for mold prior to completing the transaction. Also, if you are planning on selling your home, you may consider testing for mold to ensure the home is ready for a new owner.

Why You Should Seek Professional Mold Testing

In today’s market, there is a handful of different do-it-yourself at-home mold testing kits. Through these kits seem appealing and easy to use, we strongly advise choosing a professional inspection and mold test rather than using an unreliable at-home mold testing kit, here’s why: 

Many of the at-home tests are misleading and will often give wrong results due to improper sampling. By using a professional mold inspection and testing company, you will reduce sampling error and will be provided with extensive information and explanation of the results. 

By using an at-home test, you will not receive the visual inspection that would be provided by a professional inspection. An initial visual inspection could eliminate the need for a mold test and identify issues that the average home or business owners could not identify. 

An at-home mold testing kit will not locate where the mold is growing in the home. Thus, you will eventually need the help of a professional to locate and remove the mold.

At Erie Environmental, we understand that choosing an at-home mold testing kit may seem like the easiest and most time effective solution, but there is a high risk of sampling error associated with these kits, which will skew or alter the results. Give us a call, and we will set up an inspection with one of our trusted third party mold inspectors. In the inspector suspects, there is mold in the building, we will proceed with a sample and mold test. Based on the results, we will plan to remove the mold and remediate the affected area.