Inspecting for Mold in Brooklyn after Severe Weather
Water damage is a significant issue no matter where you live. When you are in a coastal area like Brooklyn the threat is increased due to the likelihood of hurricanes and tropical storms, as well as higher levels of precipitation. Many buildings were decimated by Hurricane Sandy, but even those that weathered the storm may be at risk for dangerous levels of mold growth due to numerous other moisture or water issues.
Most people have come across mold in their home at some point in their lives, whether it was growing on some old gym shorts or in a dank basement. Mold growth is usually based on the temperature, humidity, and levels of light in a particular area so it has potential to grow in almost any area. With an average of 46 inches of rainfall a year, with rain able to fall in all months, Brooklyn’s weather provides a great environment for mold to find its way into your home. Some molds are harmless to humans in trace amounts, but represent a potential threat in higher quantities. They can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems for anyone who is subjected to exposure. If you see discoloration on your walls that wipes away and leaves a slight film on your hands, or smell the distinctive musty odor of mold growth or have had any water or moisture issues then you should have your house inspected.
Have your Mold Inspection Performed by an Experienced Microbial Investigator
A mold inspection consists of bringing in a professional, preferably a certified microbial investigator, to perform a complete visual investigation, take moisture readings and to take samples from various rooms in the house, as well as walls and fixtures, to assess the degree of contamination. Based upon their assessment they will provide you with a list of mold remediation options that range from simply using dehumidifiers and cleaning with a HEPA vacuum/damp wiping method of cleaning, to more extensive removal of building components and disposing of furniture and other contents. Once the mold inspection is complete and remediation has been performed, the inspector will be able to inform you of the appropriate steps you will need to take to keep the mold from returning.
If you suspect the growth of mold may be affecting your home, call us at 1-800-392-6468 to have one of our certified microbial investigators come out for an inspection.