Fla. Lic. #MRSA2660

MOLD & MOISTURE TEsting

  • Inspections for deficiencies, mold/moisture damages,  claims, & detecting invisible airborne mold
  • Allergies/Sensitivities
  • Residential, Commercial, Marine

954-415-8999

swab testing of visible mold to determine counts and types

Our inspection services

MOISTURE DETECTION

thermal imaging
moisture testing
FLIR
mold
musty
damp
condensation

MOLD NEEDS MOISTURE TO GROW

FLIR thermal imaging scans coupled with moisture & humidity meter readings, identify where the moisture/mold is located even if invisible to the human eye .  

Moisture detection is always FREE as part of the inspection.

MOLD SAMPLING

MOLD ASSESSMENT, MOLD TESTING, Swab sampling
Air sampling
bio-aerosol
moisture 
thermal imaging

QUANTITIES & TYPES ARE IDENTIFIED

Outdoor air samples are taken & compared with indoor samples to determine if there is elevated airborne mold growth, and swab samples  obtained to identify mold types if visible mold is present.

REPORTING

MOLD ASSESSMENT, MOLD TESTING, Swab sampling
Air sampling
bio-aerosol
mold cleaning
moisture
musty

DETAILED SUMMARY OF INSPECTION

Reports include a comprehensive summary and detailed documentation of all findings, explanation of the laboratory results, & how to eliminate mold/moisture (a cleaning/remediation protocol), if  required.

Highly detailed reports are always FREE as part of the inspection.

ABOUT MOLD

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mold symptoms
mold allergies
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musty
damp
mold testing assessment inspecti

WHO NEEDS MOLD TESTING?

Hopefully you will never need our services, but chances are if you experience any of the following, you may wish to have your indoor air quality tested ...

  •  Air-conditioning/ductwork leak 
  • Very dirty AC coils
  • Elevated indoor humidity levels
  • Sink, toilet, shower, dishwasher, or other plumbing-related leak(s)
  • Moisture staining to ceilings, baseboards, walls
  • Musty, damp smells
  • Condensation issues
  • Persistent allergies or bronchial issues
  • Visible mold

 

  • MOISTURE is destructive to walls, carpet, baseboards, wood floors, etc., and your walls, carpet, baseboards, wall paper … ARE “food” for mold, slowly weakening these materials as they are “consumed” 
  • According to the CDC, it is estimated that 25% of homes (nationally) have a mold problem (these numbers are likely much higher in humid states such as Florida!)


Mold growth may occur in as little as 48-hours after moisture intrusion ... why guess, when you can have peace of mind?  


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IF YOU EXPERIENCED MOISTURE INTRUSION AND INTEND TO FILE A MOLD CLAIM, YOUR INSURANCE CARRIER WILL REQUIRE AN INITIAL MOLD ASSESSMENT INSPECTION & REPORT PRIOR TO REMEDIATION AND A FOLLOW-UP CLEARANCE INSPECTION & REPORT, AFTER REMEDIATION IS COMPLETED (TO DETERMINE THE PROPERTY IS MOLD-FREE), FROM A FLORIDA LICENSED ASSESSOR.  


WE DO TESTING ONLY.  WE DO NOT OFFER REMEDIATION SERVICES.                                    

IT IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST TO CONDUCT BOTH SERVICES SIMULTANEOUSLY. 

WILL MY PROPERTY INSURANCE COVER IT?

Mold testing may be covered by your homeowner's/property insurance policy in the event of moisture intrusion.  Some insurance carriers will pay your testing invoice, and others may even allow the assessor to bill the insurance company directly (possibly no out-of-pocket expenses)! 


WHAT IF MY INSURANCE CARRIER DOESN'T COVER IT OR I HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET?  Pricing can be tricky, since it is primarily based on the size of the job and number of air and swab samples we have to take (the laboratory charges us, so, we have to charge you).  We make our best efforts before we book the appointment, to quality your damages, areas of concern, room configuration, and square footage over the phone, in order to provide an estimated price range we anticipate for the job.  We don't like surprises either!

WHAT ARE HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO MOLD?

  •  Mold can be hazardous to your health, especially to children, elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses or allergies/sensitivities.
  •  The CDC provides evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness/asthma in otherwise healthy children.
  •   COMMON MOLD EXPOSURE SYMPTOMS
  • Respiratory irritation/asthma
  • Itchy, dry, and/or irritated eyes, nose, & throat
  • Nasal/Sinus Congestion 
  •    Chronic Sinus infection                         
  •    Headache
  •    Irritability  
  •     Vertigo, lightheadedness, dizziness 
  •     Inability to concentrate/memory loss
  •     Skin rash or skin irritation
  •      Thirst and/or slight dehydration
  •      Nausea
  •      Pulmonary Hemorrhage/Brain Damage (with long-term exposure)
  • We are not physicians and are unable to positively diagnose health-related issues.  We recommend consultation with your healthcare professional if mold exposure and associated symptoms are suspected.

MOLD FAQ's

  • Mold is microscopic organism, a simple type of fungi, found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, as part of nature. Mold only becomes a problem when it grows excessively or is a type that produces harmful mycotoxins.
  • Key Elements to mold growth:  “FUEL”/Organic Matter: Fruits & Vegetables, Wood/Paper & textiles (i.e. clothing, rugs, drywall), OXYGEN, & MOISTURE
  • Excessive indoor mold growth means there is a moisture problem that must be addressed
  • There are approx. 200,000 types of mold species, ranging from helpful (cheese, beer, bread, medicines) to quite harmful to most people (Stachybotrys i.e. “black mold”)
  • Mold can grow in temps as low as 39 degrees (F), but some can survive harsh conditions such as the snow-covered soils of Antarctica, acidic solvents, anti-bacterial soap and even petroleum products such as jet fuel!
  • Mold colonies may be visible to the human eye, usually appearing in your home as discolored areas, smudged, dirty, or rusty looking patches. Mold may or may not have “signature” circular patterns.
  • Mold appears in most every color imaginable. The color of the mold is not always an indicator of it's toxicity, and black colored mold is not necessarily "toxic black mold"
  • Mold spores float invisibly through the air, seeking other suitable environments to grow and thrive.  It is important not to disturb or blow air/fans onto active mold colonies, as they may cross-contaminate other previously unaffected areas.
  • Mold is also virtually impossible to wipe, sand, or scrub away! Yes, the surface mold you see may temporarily disappear, but roots grow D-E-E-P into porous, cellulose-based materials. 
  • Most household cleaners contain a high content of water … This provides additional moisture to actually facilitate mold GROWTH!
  • According to an independent study, sponsored by Clorox Bleach:  “Household cleaners, such as Clorox Bleach, are designed as hard-surface (glass, mica, stainless steel, most plastics) cleaners only, and cannot be utilized to satisfactorily or permanently kill mold on non-porous (wood, drywall, fabric) surfaces.”
  • Mold can easily grow in S. Florida humidity in 48 to 72 hours! 

WHY ENVIRO-TEST?

 Enviro-Test, LLC, is committed to excellence in every aspect of our mold and moisture assessment business. We uphold a standard of integrity bound by fairness, honesty, and personal responsibility. Our distinction is the quality of service we bring to our customers. Accurate knowledge of our trade combined with experience and ability is what makes us true professionals. Above all, we are watchful of our customer interests, and make their concerns the basis of our business. We treat each and every client with respect and caring as if they were members our own family. 


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HOW A DISASTER GOT US STARTED

 As a family operated business, the owner of Enviro-Test, LLC chose to work in this industry because ... In 2005 a small airplane crashed into their own home. The firemen put out the fire and tried to save what they could, but their home and most belongings were destroyed in a mess of smoke, fire, and water damage. Since the contractors were held up for weeks, waiting on authorization from the insurance carrier, there were no immediate repairs, and mold growth occurred throughout the home (from the 100's of gallons of water and holes in the roof used in putting out the fire). The professionals who took care of rebuilding their home were amazing, however, a harsh lesson was learned in dealing with the insurance carrier. Not too many years later, the opportunity arose to work with a water/fire/mold remediation company, and they were excited in the hopes that their experiences would bring knowledge and compassion to those dealing with disasters and loss. After a number of years in remediation, the skill set and licensure easily lent itself to a higher understanding and knowledge of mold assessment.

We started in this industry in 2014.

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