Mold Inspections in Orange County, New York
For many homeowners and property managers, a mold inspection sounds like an involved process that will cost a lot of time and money. In a place like Orange County, where the average humidity of 75 percent is slightly below the national average but where the average rainfall—48 inches per year—is almost 25 percent higher, it is important to realize the impact such an inspection can make to save money on the maintenance of a home or building. Every heavy rainfall or subsequent flood brings with it the potential for water damage and mold growth. Mold growth can cause severe damage to a structure, leading to thousands of dollars in repair costs. Prudent homeowners and property managers would do well to get their buildings tested after major storms if there has been water damage or if there have been structural changes that would make the buildings more susceptible to water damage.
Mold growth can occur quickly in environments in which structural components have absorbed water and temperatures range from 40 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the EPA, it is possible in such situations for full mold contamination to develop within 24 to 48 hours. Thus, it is important to act as quickly as possible to prevent contamination from migrating to other areas of a building. Professional inspections are the most efficient way to determine the scale, nature, and potential threat of mold growth. Competent inspectors perform a complete visual inspection, take moisture readings of affected components and then take samples, not only to identify what types of mold are evident but also to assess air levels in the structure.
The Importance of Independent Testing and Inspections for Mold
Some mold-remediation companies, without taking any samples or readings, may exaggerate a problem and recommend more drastic services than are necessary to prevent or remediate contamination. RTK Environmental Group believes the best way to serve its clients is to provide unbiased, independent testing. The company sends all samples to third-party laboratories to avoid risk of confirmation bias. This policy allows the company to walk into any situation, domestic or commercial, and guarantee that its recommendation will be what is in the best interest of the client.
If you are interested in having a property in Orange County, or elsewhere in New York, tested for mold, you can contact RTK Environmental Group by phone, at 800.392.6468, or online through the form to the right, to set up a consultation with one of our certified microbial investigators.