Independent Mold Inspections in Bergen County, NJ
With Hurricane Sandy still fresh in the memories of residents of the Greater New York Area, most people living in Bergen County are familiar with the effects of water damage and flooding. However, many people still do not realize that, while the initial damage may be minimal, linger traces of water damage can be found far from the original site of entry. Moisture can get inside of the walls and move around the house as the exterior temperature changes, and when it becomes cool enough the relative humidity might drop low enough to cause the liquid to condense on organic components, such as wood or drywall. If there are living or dormant mold spores in the air at that time they may attach themselves to the component and start to degrade it.
Over time mold growth can cause secondary and tertiary contaminations throughout the house as the mold migrates through the air, further increasing residents’ exposure to a potential health hazard. While most household molds are relatively harmless in low quantities they all become mild-to-moderate irritants to the human respiratory system at higher levels. People with asthma, COPD, or any of a number of other diseases or obstructions may find it difficult to breath and should be removed from the premises immediately. If the mold in the building is toxic then it has the ability to cause lingering issues, and it has been identified as a potential cause for asthma in children and adults.
Why an Independent Mold Inspection Company?
The answer to the above question is fairly straightforward: independent testing companies are not going to make a profit based on the type of recommendation they provide. This conflict of interest is an important, but rarely discussed, problem in the industry of mold remediation. Most companies provide “free” consultations and then provide a laundry list of issues that need immediate attention. You should feel free to get a second opinion or, better still, approach an independent testing company with certified microbial investigators to ensure that you receive the most accurate and detailed analysis of the situation in your building.
If you have seen or suspect mold growth in your home then contact RTK Environmental Group via phone or through our online form to set up a consultation with one of our certified microbial investigators.